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Peter Jones CBE names Tycoon in Schools 2016 finalists

After much deliberation, we are delighted to announce the eight teams of tycoons that have reached the final of Tycoon in Schools. These budding entrepreneurs will attend a special awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where Peter and HRH The Duke of York will crown the overall winners.

Key Stage 1 & 2 Category

Blue Bowtique – Barnby Road Academy

The eight key stage two students from Barnby Road Academy in Nottinghamshire that make up Blue Bowtique created bespoke hair bows, which give ‘Flair to your Hair’. The students decorated bows, and marketed and sold them to the local community.

Birdie Brunch – Ludham Primary School

Birdie Brunch comprised five students from all ages across Ludham Primary School and Nursery. The team wanted to help protect birds, particularly as winter was approaching, so created a sustainable bird feeder. They manufactured the products themselves, made out of a large pine cone, and sold them as gifts to the local community. Birdie Brunch donated their profit to the charity, Village Water, helping those in remote parts of Africa access fresh drinking water.

Key Stage 3

Community Kids – Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Three students from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, make up Community Kids. Their business idea was to produce calendars to celebrate the local area. They used their profits to raise money for a memorial garden for their friend.

Little Acorn – Queen Anne’s School

Little Acorn is a team of seven girls from Queen Anne’s School in Caversham. They created handmade, decorative family trees. They personalised the family trees, which proved hugely popular in the run up to Christmas. The budding entrepreneurs donated all the profits from their business to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Key Stage 4

Indulge – Hampton College

Three students from Hampton College in Peterborough created Indulge. Their company produced and sold a variety of handmade, scented bath bombs – including Christmas tree bath bombs and Pokebombs. The team sought to challenge impressions of young people in the local community, and they inspired a number of other young people to get involved in entrepreneurship.

Lease 2 Learn – Westborough High School

A team of six year 11 students Westborough High School make up Lease 2 Learn. The students helped people in West Yorkshire get equal access to technology with their business. They recycled and refurbished laptops and desktop computers that otherwise would have been disposed of and leased them out to students and other members of the community at a competitive price. 

Key Stage 5 

Footprint – The Queen’s School, Chester

Footprint is a team of eight sixth form girls from The Queen’s School, Chester. The team created a business to educate children through fun and colourful storybooks. They chose embracing ethnic diversity as a key issue to address in their children’s book, ‘Our Colourful World’, which they sold to the local community. 

The Lytham Christmas Company – AKS Lytham

The Lytham Christmas Company, comprised of six students from AKS Lytham Independent School in Lancashire, are also in the final for the Key Stage 5 category. The team created original Christmas products – reindeer sculptures. The Lytham Christmas Company manufactured the high-quality sculptures themselves, and marketed the products to their target market. Their success allowed them to donate over £2,500 to their chosen charity, the ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation.

Congratulations to all the successfully shortlisted teams – this year the stakes were higher than ever before!

We would also like to give a special mention to all the teams that took part in the competition, all of which were exceptionally high-calibre. The range of innovative and creative business ideas were hugely impressive. 

Don’t forget, you can register for Tycoon in Schools 2017 now – just click here and follow the instructions.

We look forward to crowning the winning teams at Buckingham Palace on 6th March!