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West London schools compete in Young Enterprise awards event

Featherstone High School in Southall was among six school teams who were celebrated at a Young Enterprise awards event hosted by Ealing’s University of West London.

The special programme for students aged 15 to 19 year olds sees them running their own business for an academic year. During the year, the students have to show business acumen as they produce and market a product or service aimed at the public. According to Young Enterprise this helps young people gain valuable skills including teamwork, negotiation and communication.

The competition starts first on a local level before moving on to area, regional, national and eventually European competitions.

The tough competition saw Alperton Community School (Team Eirin) win the company of the year award.

As well as Southall’s Featherstone High School (Team Infinite Power) other schools taking part were:  Putney High School (Team Dalia LTD); Kingsbury High School (Team Zentelle Scents) and North London Collegiate School (Team Genesis Jewels and Team Little Prints).

Mr Cobb a teacher from North London Collegiate said: “The Company Programme provides students with different options in life. It is an incredible journey that the students go through.”

UWL staff judging the event were John Charlton, head of knowledge exchange and business engagement, research & enterprise at UWL and Tony Mulvahil, senior lecturer in business & management at The Claude Littner Business School (CLBS).

John Charlton said: “I enjoyed meeting the students and each group showed skills and maturity beyond their years. The business acumen demonstrated during interviews and quality of presentations were impressive. All participating schools can be proud of the innovative business ideas produced.”

Tony Mulvahill added: “This was my second time judging the event at UWL. The students showed their resilience in overcoming various setbacks during the development of their businesses. I enjoyed the student presentations as it takes a lot of courage to present in front of a room of strangers. Well done to everyone.”

Tara Bell, Partnership Manager at Young Enterprise said, “I would like to thank University of West London for their continued support. It gives young people invaluable, practical business experience and the opportunity to build employability skills.”

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