Young entrepreneurs flying flag for county

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A team of budding entrepreneurs from Kettering’s Southfield School will be flying the flag for the town when they appear in the regional finals of a Young Enterprise competition next month.

The group of 13 girls from the school’s sixth form created their own company selling personalised mugs, egg cups and all manner of other items for the competition, which is open to schools from across the country.

The team, who called their company mugSHOT, impressed judges at the county finals in late April with their professional presentation, and as a result they will be representing both Kettering and the county when they travel to the Jubilee Campus at Nottingham University on June 18 for the regional finals.

If the girls impress the judges again, they will progress to the national final which is being held in London in July.

Yujia Li, mugSHOT’s assistant managing director, said: “Our company has the aim of bringing a smile to people’s faces and to do this we produce mugs with different mouth expressions on the rim of the mug, including moustaches, smiles and pouty lips.

“We then fill these mugs with a variety of different products or accessories to suit the graphic, season or gender.”

The county final took place at the University of Northampton and saw the girls setting up their own trade stall before giving a company report before a panel of judges.

They were judged on the quality of the presentation and how far they had developed the company since setting it up in September 2012.

The team were represented by their managing director, Georgina Kibble, Yujia Li and IT director Bethan Mullen, and were facing off against five other rival companies.

As well as winning the best overall company award on the evening, mugSHOT were also given the prize for the best presentation.

Since setting up the company, the girls have come up with a number of ways to sell their mugs, apart from selling them online.

They have been hosting events in public, such as at Corby Library, and have also visited groups such as the Brownies where they help youngsters design their own mugs.

For more information about mugSHOT, either search for them at www.facebook.com or follow them on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/mugSHOT_YE.

Alternatively, contact the company directly with queries or comments by emailing YE-mugSHOT@hotmail.co.uk.

For more information about the Young Enterprise initiative, visit www.young-enterprise.org.uk.

The Young Enterprise initiative was founded in 1962 by Sir Walter Salomon and was based on similar schemes in the US.

Since the first event, which attracted 118 students who created eight firms, the event has grown to one which attracted 220,000 students in 2012.