Learning from the top

Westleigh High School students take part in a Tycoon for Schools event, The Blend-it team comprising of: Connor Hill, Georgia Hanson, Caleb Anderson, Lucy Martin, Rebecca Williams, Nicole Adams Also pictured is community development and enterprise co-ordinator: Mr Steven Gore and Miss Howes
Westleigh High School students take part in a Tycoon for Schools event, The Blend-it team comprising of: Connor Hill, Georgia Hanson, Caleb Anderson, Lucy Martin, Rebecca Williams, Nicole Adams Also pictured is community development and enterprise co-ordinator: Mr Steven Gore and Miss Howes

PUPILS have earned more than £400 following their enterprise to create and sell milkshakes.

Using funding from Peter Jones CBE, as part of the nationwide competition Tycoon in Schools 2013, Connor Hill, Georgia Hanson, Rebecca Williams, Caleb Anderson, Lucy Martin and Nicole Adams from Westleigh High School set up Blend-It.

The made chocolate-based milkshakes and made £457 in the process.

Tycoon in Schools teams from up and down the country have been in direct competition with each other, trading their innovative businesses in their schools throughout November, with the hope of being named the winner of Tycoon in Schools 2013.

Headteacher John Banks said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about creating a successful business; working as a team, learning about customer service, ordering supplies, making a profit. I am extremely proud of these students for participating and for all our students and staff for supporting their business idea.”

Run by the Peter Jones Foundation, the competition is open to all secondary school children in England between the ages of 11 and 18, challenging students to develop the skills and knowledge required to set up their own business and make as much money as possible in one month of trading.

Now that trading is finished, a panel of judges, including Peter Jones himself, will be reviewing Westleigh High Schools sales figures and business plan which was submitted to the Tycoon in Schools team.

The overall winner of Tycoon in Schools 2013 and the winners of the special awards for community engagement, sustainability, business concept and innovative idea and finally for personal and professional development, will be announced in January 2014.