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INGENIOUS teenagers have battled it out in the borough finals of this year’s Young Enterprise competition.

INGENIOUS teenagers have battled it out in the borough finals of this year’s Young Enterprise competition.

Students from Alderbrook, Park Hall, St Martin’s and Solihull School went toe-to-toe at Blythe Valley Business Park.

The finals of the Apprentice-style challenge - which sees students design and sell their own product - took place last Tuesday.

In this year’s closely-fought contest, teams from St Martin’s and Solihull School were named joint winners.

They’d impressed the judges with their personalised clothing and eco-products respectively.

But the runners-up were not down hearted, having learned a raft of new skills.

Grace Lucas, from Alderbrook, was the managing director of Inspire - a team who had fashioned their own range of jewellery.

“We wanted to come up with a product that was original and appealed to people our age,” said the 15-year-old.

Among the judges was 16-year-old Sophie Tillman, who had led her team to victory in last year’s competition.

“One of the best things was the confidence and selling ability it gave us,” said the St Martin’s pupil. “You learn a lot about the business, but actually, a lot of personal skills as well.”

Bryan Foster, from Young Enterprise, said that co-operation was the key to any successful venture.

“This isn’t the fantasy of one individual making a fortune - the winning team hasn’t necessarily made the most profit. The most important thing is learning teamwork, which is vital whatever job you decide to go into.”

The winning teams go on to compete against the best of the Birmingham schools, in the county finals, on May 26.

 

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