“It was an experience of a lifetime.”
Hailing from Westborough High School in Dewsbury, Ethical Print finished joint winners of Tycoon in Schools 2014.
The seven year 10 students impressed the judges with a community newsletter that prioritised articles on charity work, local events and environmental issues. They made a significant profit – which they then donated to five charities – by selling advertising space to local businesses. They intend to continue producing the newsletter and to share their business model with other schools.
Team member Suhail Rahim, 14, said: “It was amazing attending Buckingham Palace and winning both the key stage 4 and overall Tycoon in Schools trophy. It was an experience of a lifetime and it made all our hard work worthwhile. During the competition we learned how to pitch an idea, how to negotiate with clients and suppliers and how to use our time wisely. We learnt business etiquette and the approaches needed in clinching a deal.”
Lukman Patel, head of ethics at Westborough High School, said: “I was so impressed with the resilience that the students showed throughout this competition. They have learnt skills that will stand them in good stead for the future. We would encourage all schools to take part in Tycoon in Schools. It allows young people to develop fantastic enterprise and business skills.”
The five charities that the students donated their profit to were: the RSPCA, the Salvation Army, Macmillan Cancer Support and Water Aid.