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Enterprising minds ready for North West Final

Our Young Enterprise team, InStock Technologies, are putting the final touches to their entry for the North West Final which takes place at the University of Central Lancashire.

The team of lower sixth pupils have been promoting VR headsets, tapping into the swell of interest in virtual reality.

Throughout the Young Enterprise competition they have won a series of awards, receiving high praise from the judges. At the Stockport, Tameside and Rochdale regional final they were named the ‘Overall Winner’ after producing a company report, preparing a trade stand and presenting to judges, teachers and other schools from the region.

In the Greater Manchester final the boys and girls were crowned ‘Best Overall Company’ and won the award for ‘Best Company Report’. The judges stated that they “were excellent in every area of the business” and that they are “one of the most professional Young Enterprise teams we have ever seen”.

Their strong performances in the earlier rounds of the competition were aided by the work they put in over the previous few months when they attended events, talks and competitions.

At the Stopfordian Parents’ Association’s Christmas Fair the budding entrepreneurs introduced attendees to the world of virtual reality – offering children the chance to test drive the headsets and giving parents the opportunity to purchase the devices.

Four members of the team visited Valley School in Bramhall to demonstrate the headsets and the range of apps that are available to Class 7. Our pupils enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to donate a number of headsets to Valley School.

The team then visited PwC in Manchester to take part in a Dragons’ Den style pitch. They explained how the virtual reality headsets worked and spoke about the successes of the business to date. The team received some very valuable feedback which helped them prepare for the earlier rounds of the Young Enterprise competition.

A handful of team members also headed to the Trafford Centre to take part in their Young Enterprise Trade Fair. It was a useful and rewarding experience for them as they received the award for ‘Best Product/Service Stand’.

Miss Leanne Curl, Head of Economics and Business Studies, said: “The pupils have worked tirelessly since September to get their business to the stage it is today. They have been commended for their level of professionalism, commitment and enterprise skills and have been working hard to prepare for the next round of the competition which they are very excited about!”

To find out more about the team please visit their website or their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Praise for pupil Seun Odusanya

The school was delighted to hear that upper sixth pupil Seun Odusanya, who was part of last year’s Young Enterprise team, has received glowing praise from the organisation.

Mr Stuart Carthy, Chair of the Local Volunteer Board for Young Enterprise, commended Seun’s initiative, analytical ability and extra-curricular contribution after she became the Student Representative on the Board and completed a research project that will inform future planning and refining of the company’s online provision.

To learn more about Young Enterprise please visit their website.