Rubbish idea helps Kettering school win business competition

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A group of year 12 students from a Kettering school will see their business idea become a reality after winning a competition at an event hosted by the University of Northampton.

The social enterprise event, Create Your Future, took place at Park Campus on June 26 for year 12 students from five schools across the county – with Southfield School coming up trumps.

Sharon Irwin, manager of the university’s Enterprise Club, said: “Create Your Future is an excellent way to show students the value of social enterprise and how they can run their own business.”

As part of the day, pupils took part in a competition to come up with a business idea that could overcome a social problem, but also involved music.

The Southfield School winners focused on the problem of litter on the streets. Their idea was for people to earn points for disposing of rubbish in a special bin, which could then be used to download music for free.

The competition was judged by special guests Rob Harris, bass guitarist of band Jamiroquai, and Stephen Irvine, local internet entrepreneur and managing director of Northampton-based company, Lionsorbet.

Ms Irwin said: “The winning team from Southfield School came up with a socially innovative idea, and the Enterprise Club will be working with them to help make their idea a reality.”