Stafford and Stone Young Enterprise

It was a fantastic night at the Stafford and Stone Young Enterprise awards, which took place at our museum last night.

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The event saw twelve teams from various schools and sixth forms across the Stafford and Stone area showcase their stalls.

The teenagers had been challenged to form a business and create, market and sell a product or service, and saw a range of items from cake stands with a vintage twist and accessories for smart phones and tablets.

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The winners of the ‘Company of the Year’ went to team Ignite from Alleyne’s Academy, in Stone, who created a portable phone charging stand.

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Katy Minshull, 17, managing director of Ignite told us: “I don’t think I can describe how I feel.

“All the hard work paid off, all the all nighters and early mornings and the eight hour trade fairs it just makes it worth it.

The team was made up of eight students from the sixth form – four of those,  Shaylyn Kent, Patrick Bell, and Ben Chaplin, joined Katy Minshull for the presentation last night.

Ignite will now go through to the County Finals, which will take place at the Wedgwood Museum on the 8th May.

Sarah White, 31, is a business advisor with the Young Enterprise. She said: “The students that we meet at the start of the process, are completely different to the individuals to the ones that we have seen perform this evening (3rd April).

“It’s about building confidence but it is also about developing a skill set that is recognised in the business arena.”

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