"It proves that hard work really does pay off."
Made up of ten students from Ormiston Forge Academy, Backstage Bunting took the 2014 competition by storm with their customised bunting business, landing themselves a runners-up trophy.
Backstage Bunting team member, Mohmana Shahid said: “It’s a dream come true to be a Tycoon in Schools finalist. We are humbled to be recognised by such a powerful business entrepreneur, our teachers and customers.
“The trading period was exciting – it was all we thought about. We went to a lot of trade stands and Christmas events, so we met a lot of high profile people and this helped us improve our communication skills.”
Ormiston Forge Academy Director of Business Studies Claire Bennett said: “I’ve been so impressed with the students’ dedication to each other, their teamwork and their customer service skills. They took every day seriously. They celebrated and got frustrated and pulled through to develop a sustainable business model.
“They were excellent role models to other students and demonstrated a mature, professional attitude at all times. Tycoon in Schools has been an eye-opening experience of real world activities. They grabbed every opportunity open to them.
“It was hard work for 7 weeks but in that time the skills they pick up at such a young age are precious experience for the real world of work. It adds another great memory to school life and will be remembered forever.”