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LHS team is Young Enterprise Leicestershire Company of the year! 22.04.16

Loughborough High School students have been recognised for their business acumen after being named Young Enterprise Leicestershire Company of the Year.

The Company Programme is Young Enterprise’s ultimate business challenge for 15 – 19 year olds. Over the course of a year students find out what it’s really like to set up and run a business – from raising share capital to designing their product or service to selling directly to customers. This event sees companies from across the East Midlands battling it out to become East Midlands Company of the Year 2016.

Since September, ‘Endeavour’, the Loughborough High School team of 19 girls from Year 12, organised themselves as a business with specified roles, identified a market and a product, produced the product and generated sales and profit. Throughout the process they benefited from the guidance from the Head of Economics and Business at LHS, Robert Needs, and business advisors, Eric Bradley, formerly of Procter and Gamble and Nicola Harlow.

The product is an exam preparation book for both pupils and parents, entitled ‘Frank says, Don’t Freak Out’ retailing at £3 per copy. Its cover is cleverly designed with one side aimed at pupils and when flipped over, the other aimed at parents.

The sixth form team entered the national Young Enterprise competition against other Leicestershire schools and have progressed successfully through the first two rounds in February and March. Along the way they also picked up awards for innovation, best product, best report, best presentation and best financial performance.

At the Leicestershire final, held at the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University on 21st April, they were named Young Enterprise Leicestershire Company of the Year, which will see them represent the county at the East Midlands finals on June 28th.

A very proud Mr Needs, said: – ‘’This achievement puts Endeavour in the top 5% of Young Enterprise companies in the UK. They attained this through their own efforts and worked exceptionally well as a team employing a range of business related skills including creativity, financial management and leadership”.

Congratulations Team Endeavour, we are very proud of you!