SOME of the best budding business brains in the region flocked to MMU to compete for the title of Young Enterprise (YE) champions.
The University’s £75million business school hosted the finals of the competition, with 11 secondary schools from across Greater Manchester fighting it out.
After a grilling by judges, students from Manchester High School for Girls scooped the top prize for their beanie hat business while the runners-up were a team of students from North Chadderton School with their unique scented candles.
David Taylor, Principal Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at MMU Business School, said: “The Creativity and Entrepreneurship Cluster at MMUBS was honoured to be associated with this YE Company Programme Final that celebrates the greatest entrepreneurial talent in our schools from across the region.
“All the YE finalists will benefit from the encounter with the judges. Congratulations to all the schools involved in this initiative that is helping feed the region’s entrepreneurial spirit.”
More than 800 14 to 18-year-olds in schools across Greater Manchester have taken part in the YE Company Programme this year and set up a total of 49 businesses, with help from local business volunteers mentors and board supporters.
Suzanne Lockwood, from YE, said: “We have seen some incredible talent on display from all of the students in the Greater Manchester area this year. The judges were incredibly impressed with the products and services they had developed and the presentations they gave at the Awards.”