Website’s a winner for savvy students

Berkhamsted School wins young enterprise district final at Paper Mill, Apsley, March 2013.
Berkhamsted School wins young enterprise district final at Paper Mill, Apsley, March 2013.

Switched-on students showed they had their finger on the pulse when they created a Young Enterprise company to run a website advertising jobs for teenagers, and approached local firms for sponsorship support.

The business-savvy squad from Berkhamsted School were crowned Dacorum area champs for their bright idea, and now go on to the county final in June.

Also in the running at a finals event at Apsley’s Paper Trail, sponsored by Hemel Hempstead environmental consultants RSK, were a team from Longdean School who produced a CD featuring music from local bands and pupils from John F. Kennedy School who sold phone covers, bracelets and photography.

They were the pick of 12 teams involving 150 students at local secondary schools. Each set up a company with a business plan, which was expected to get results with the help of a business mentor.

East of England Young Enterprise business manager Katy Burke said: “The awards highlighted how Young Enterprise can inspire young people to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow and help them develop practical business skills while they are still at school.”