Rugby’s youthful business brains rewarded

Wood You, the winning team from this year's Young Enterprise scheme
Wood You, the winning team from this year's Young Enterprise scheme

Entrepreneurs of the future have been rewarded for their hard work and imagination at a ceremony at Rugby High School.

The event was the culmination of a year’s hard work by all who participated in the Young Enterprise scheme. Pupils from all of Rugby’s secondary schools - Avon Valley, Ashlawn, Bilton, Lawrence Sheriff, Rugby High School for Girls and Harris - were involved, and were joined on the night by Rugby MP Mark Pawsey and town mayor Cllr Tony Gillias.

The overall winning team this year was Wood You, composed of pupils from Harris and Rugby High. Their main product, which they made and sold, was a bespoke wooden chopping board – over 100 of which were manufactured. Along with other items, they had sales of over £1,000 with a profit of more than £500.

Mr Pawsey also entertained the audience with his tales of his own business exploits in a speech. He said: “I am always inspired by the great ideas that the young achievers’ come up with and the enthusiasm that they always put in to their ventures. It gives me great pleasure to see the great enterprise spirit coming through and I hope that many of them run their own businesses once they have completed their studies.”

Young Enterprise is a registered charity, through which students set up and run a real firm for a year under the guidance of a business volunteers, enabling them to experience of the joys and pitfalls of creating a functioning company.