Young entrepreneurs are heading for madrid

The team at High Storrs
The team at High Storrs

YOUNG entrepreneurs are preparing for a business trip to Madrid after rising to Sheffield’s BiG Challenge in impressive form.

Rebecca Jackson of Springs Academy and Alicia Cannon from King Edward VII School topped the table of winners in the annual enterprise competition, with a four-strong team from High Storrs as runners-up.

Sponsors DLA Piper were so impressed with the standard of this year’s entries that they are sending all three winners on a business trip to their company headquarters in Spain.

The 2010 contest, run by the city council, attracted 280 from 27 Sheffield schools and colleges. Youngsters are challenged to set up their own business and success is judged on entrepreneurship as well as profit.

Winner Rebecca, 14, developed her Funky Sprout jewellery business, marketing it online. Alicia, 12, founded Dig for Charity, a powerfully-branded website and poster. High Storrs’ MIFO team – Anna Leathard, Harriet Darby, Hazel Lynch and Hannah-Furnival-Jones – made and sold their own clay jewellery.

Other winners included teams from Sheffield College (post-16 award), Wisewood School (Made in Sheffield award), Stocksbridge (best presentation), Fir Vale (best existing business), Handsworth Grange (biggest profit), Meadowhead (best report), Westfield (best student mentor – Thomas Newby) and Birley (website commendation).