Students at Kingswood Secondary Academy, Corby, who launched the company Reflection, scooped two awards in the Northamptonshire area final of the Young Enterprise Company of the Year held at Corby Cube.
Reflection received the award for the best company in the north of the county and African Art from The Duston School, Northampton, received the award for the best company in the west of the county.
Reflection also received the best sales and marketing award, sponsored by RS Components of Corby.
Through its My Community initiative, the company offered advice and support to Reflection and their success led to them beating off stiff competition in a strong line-up of 14 schools.
Both Reflection and African Art, along with three runners-up, will now represent Northamptonshire at the county final on May 1, at the University of Northampton.
Praising the young entrepreneurs, Nicola Mackenzie, chairman of the Young Enterprise area board, said: “We were once again so impressed with the quality of the products and the imagination and flair that these young people brought to their businesses. I want to congratulate all the participants and winners and wish them good luck for the county finals.”
Students from Year 10 to Year 12 took part in the competition, organised by the Young Enterprise scheme, and judges included the mayor of Wellingborough Graham Lawman, solicitor Sarah Canning and Janice Watkins of Enterprise4Corby.
Michelle Duffy from RS was the business adviser for Reflection and this was her first year in this role.
She said: “It is a brilliant result to have a Corby school in the area final, and I’m incredibly proud of them. Corby schools have done the area proud and I wish them all the luck in the further stages.”
With the help and guidance of Michelle, alongside school link teacher Helen Nicol, Reflection formed their own company, appointing directors, creating a budget and business plan, raising capital and then devising, marketing and selling a product.
For the awards process, they set up a trade stand to promote their business for judges and visitors and gave a presentation to explain their products, business plan and marketing campaigns.
The range of products this year across the 14 competing companies included handmade jewellery, recycled hessian products, i-Phone inserts and memory books.
Naked No More from Brooke Weston CTC were best company runners-up with two other companies, as well as winning best financial management, and they will also compete in the county final.
Young Enterprise is the enterprise education charity which gives young people a unique opportunity to experience the real business world, and equip them with skills for their future careers.
More information is available at: http://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/what-we-do/secondary-programmes/company-programme/.