The cream of the area’s young businesses were honoured at a special ceremony this week.
Young entrepreneurs from eight schools in the area went head to head at the 2012 Young Enterprise area final at Wicksteed Park on Monday.
Southfield School for Girls’ year 12 team Cara Cara scooped best company with their business which creates a range of accessories from recycling everyday items like forks and buttons. They will go on to the county finals on Thursday, May 3.
Southfield School for Girls had a double celebration with another of their businesses, Schools Out, claiming the runners-up spot.
Emerald from Wellingborough School also finished runner-up and both businesses will progress to the county finals.
Robin Neighbour, enterprise manager from Young Enterprise, said: “Being a judge was almost like an impossible task because all of the entries were so strong.
“Bearing in mind these are mostly Year 12 students, it is remarkable to see what they have achieved.
“Cara Cara is a fantastic business idea and they’ve got excellent teaching and a lot of commitment.
“These are the ingredients you need to be a success.
“It’s just wonderful to see these teenagers grow from students to become proper businessmen and women.”
Judges had the task of assessing products, conducting interviews and watching presentations.
Christine Curran, head of business and finance at Southfield School for Girls’ sixth form, said: “The standard of our students this year is excellent.
“I am extremely proud of both teams’ achievement in coming first and second in this competition.”