A TEAM of young entrepreneurs from Queen Anne’s School in Caversham have won the national enterprise
A TEAM of young entrepreneurs from Queen Anne’s School in Caversham have won the national enterprise competition Tycoon in Schools.
The seven girls, all aged 13 or 14, were confirmed as joint winners at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace attended by nine groups of finalists and the competition founder, businessman Peter Jones.
The girls’ company, Retrocycle, impressed the judges with a range of stylish everyday goods such as bowls and coasters made from old magazines and key rings made from old bottle tops.
Team member Romilly Hayward said: “To be a finalist and have the amazing opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace is just the icing on the cake after an incredible journey.
“We would never have thought at the beginning of this process that we could have achieved something so amazing. The most enjoyable part of taking part in the contest was the moment we realised we had created a successful and profitable business during our first sales day.
“It was incredibly rewarding to see our products flying off the shelves and our profits soaring, particularly as we had environmentally friendly products and all profits were going to charity.”
The ceremony was also attended by the Duke of York, who is patron of the Peter Jones Foundation. Mr Jones said: “The standard was so high this year that we decided to crown not one, but three winners.
“All the teams have worked so hard and I have been bowled over by their enthusiasm and achievements throughout the competition. They all excelled in each area of the judging criteria, came up with some incredibly innovative ideas, worked excellently as a team and generated some incredible profits.”