Students win top award for running own businesses

The enterprising students. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143461-4)
The enterprising students. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143461-4)
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STUDENTS who gained an insight into the cut and thrust world of business have won an award.

St Vincent College in Gosport was given the Trailblazer Award by Young Enterprise after pupils took part in a project to turn £10 into as much profit as possible through their own business.

Two teams from the college will be running their businesses until Easter next year.

Susan Lines, liaison co-ordinator at the college, said: ‘We are very proud to have been awarded the Trailblazer Award.

‘We have not one but two companies trading under the nationwide scheme to give students an insight into running a real business.

‘We began in the summer with over 100 students attending a Young Enterprise Be Enterprising, Be Successful masterclass.

‘Students then participated in the Tenner Challenge when they were tasked with running a company starting with £10 with the aim of making as much profit as possible.’

One of the companies is a confectionery retailer called Your Sweet and the other is a football tournament under the name of 5 Star Football.

The mayor and mayoress of Gosport, Councillor Keith and Eira Gill went to the college, in Forton Road, for the presentation.

They were joined by the college’s two volunteer business advisers from Young Enterprise Liam McCann and John Parr.

Liam said: ‘It is important for colleges to teach the skills businesses are looking for.

‘But it is also essential that businesses get into colleges to help achieve this.’

Lester Greenhalgh, curriculum manager for Business & Technical Studies, accepted the award on behalf of the college.

He said: ‘The college is very pleased to be part of the Young Enterprise initiative giving students the opportunity to engage in a real world business experience. We wish our students every success with their companies this year.

‘We look forward to starting new companies in the spring with our first-year students.’