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GRADUATES and students from the University of Chichester have been rewarded for their business acumen in the first competition of its kind.

The business ventures of students Daisy Robinson and Sophie Bennett with Honey It's Herbal! and graduate Paul Taylor with Play-Ultimate won first prizes in the university's New Entrepreneurs Competition.

Daisy and Sophie's venture was to sell 100 per cent natural handmade skincare products online, in stores, and at local farmers' markets and crafts fairs.

Play-Ultimate strives to spread the benefits of physical activity and sports psychology among young people, through coaching sessions within school PE sessions and in after-school clubs.

A judging panel made up of business leaders and members of the university awarded the two businesses with 500 each.

Julia Macfarlane, the university's senior business development manager, said: 'The standard of entries shows that there is definitely an untapped entrepreneurial streak at the university.

'Later this year, we will be opening new business incubator units where our students, graduates and staff will receive support on how to best develop their business.'