Bright spark Vivek has a head for business

Vivek Mistry

Vivek Mistry

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A sixth form pupil from Wellingborough proved his business acumen by reaching the final of a UK schools brightest brains competition.

Vivek Mistry, 17, of Northampton Road, was one of only 60 pupils to reach the final of the Schools’ Brightest Business Brain competition from the 3,000 registered entrants.

The Bedford Modern School year 12 student was the first ever pupil from the school to reach the final.

The annual competition is for sixth form students from across the country and is sponsored by UK Audit, tax, consulting and corporate finance firm Deloitte and is supported by well known companies such as Aviva, Microsoft and Hilton Hotels.

At the final of the competition in March, Vivek, who is a member of one of Bedford Modern School’s Young Enterprise companies, had to complete a number of competency based activities which tested him on his negotiation, team-working, leadership and problem-solving skills.

He said: “The process involved a number of psychometric type tests, interaction, communication and leadership skills.

“I was delighted to have reached the final of this prestigious competition. It was quite challenging, but it was enjoyable.

“All of my family and friends are quite proud.”

Vivek’s mum, Kirtida Mistry said: “I am extremely proud of him”

A spokesman for Bedford Modern School said: “Out of 3,000 registered entrants, 17-year-old Vivek reached the final of the competition which is an amazing achievement.”

Vivek, who has 11 GCSEs, is studying maths, further maths, Spanish, economics and physics at A-Level .

He has always excelled in maths and took his GCSE in the subject a year early.

Away from his studies, he enjoys playing computer games and is a black belt in karate after practising the martial art for the last seven years.

After he leaves school, he plans to go to university and then to pursue a career in finance.