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Business-savvy Greater Manchester students go head to head in Young Enterprise competition

Budding entrepreneurs who have set up their own businesses will go head to head in the next stage of the national Young Enterprise competition.

Students from twelve Greater Manchester schools will be vying for the top awards of ‘Best Company, Greater Manchester’ and ‘Runner-Up company, Greater Manchester’ at the Young Enterprise Greater Manchester Strategic Finals at Manchester Metropolitan University on Thursday 1 May.

All the students have set up and run their own companies with the help of business mentors as part of a Young Enterprise company programme that inspires Greater Manchester’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

The students have produced and sold a range of products which include an educational online magazine for children, bags and purses made from recycled Caprisun cartons, vintage clothes that have been revamped into fashionable items, and covered notebooks made from recycled clothing.

North West Area Manager for Young Enterprise, Suzanne Lockwood said:

The Greater Manchester Strategic Finals mark the second stage in a national competition to find 2014’s Best Young Enterprise Company in the UK. We are delighted to be working with MMU who are hosting the event, it’s only fitting that the Faculty of Business and Law at one of Manchester’s top Universities is the venue for such a showcase.

The students will display the products and services they’ve developed and will be grilled by our expert panel of judges who will be scrutinising their business reports and profit margins.

The winner and runner-up companies will get the chance to represent Greater Manchester in the third stage of the competition – the North West Young Enterprise Regional Finals at Barclays Technology Centre, Radbroke on 19th June.

We’ve seen some great businesses set up by young people in Greater Manchester this year and I wish all the students the best of luck.

Young Enterprise believes that young people ‘learn by doing’ and over the years countless young people have been inspired to start up their own businesses after taking part in our Company Programme.

Setting up their own companies while still in school gives young people a unique real-life experience of business and enterprise and gives them invaluable practical skills that prepare them for the world of work.

More than 700 fifteen to eighteen year-olds in schools across Greater Manchester have taken part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme this year with help from local business volunteers.

The twelve companies who have made it to this stage are:

  • Altrincham Grammar School for Girls: ‘ReStyled’
  • Loreto Grammar School: ‘Bellesa’
  • Bolton School Girls’ Division: ‘Tweega’
  • Altrincham Grammar School for Boys: ‘X.Y.Enteprises’
  • Bolton School Girls’ Division: ‘Revamp’
  • Cheadle Hulme High School: ‘Enigma’
  • Bury Girls Grammar School: ‘Fortis’
  • Oldham Sixth Form College: ‘Take Note
  • Manchester High School for Girls: ‘Aspire’
  • Withington Girls’ School: ‘Undercover’
  • Manchester High School for Girls: ‘Innovation’
  • North Chadderton School: ‘Sweet Course Candle’

The winner of the ‘Best Company’ Award and ‘Runner-Up’ will go forward into the North West Regional Final on 19th June where they will compete for the chance to represent the North West at the Young Enterprise National Finals in London in July.

For photos of the teams or interviews with the students please contact: Suzanne Lockwood Area Manager for the North West on 07841 880996 or email

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