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RetroCycle

“To anyone thinking of taking part next year, I would say go for it.”

RetroCycle, a group of seven, year 9 girls from Queen Anne’s School in Berkshire, were crowned joint overall winners in Tycoon in Schools 2014.

This creative business stood out from the crowd with an array of unique, eco-friendly products, made from discarded and unwanted items. Their product range included key rings made from bottle tops, notepads decorated with old buttons and coasters made from used magazines.

Team member Romilly Hayward, said: “To be a finalist and have the amazing opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace is just the icing on the cake after an incredible journey. We would never have thought at the beginning of this process that we could have achieved something so amazing.

“The most enjoyable part of taking part in the Tycoon in Schools contest was the moment we realised we had created a successful and profitable business during our first sales day.  It was incredibly rewarding to see our products flying off the shelves and our profits soaring, particularly as we had environmentally friendly products and all profits were going to charity.

“We learnt to be flexible.  Sometimes our ideas didn’t always go to plan but we learnt to adapt as we went along.  We learnt it was important not to give up as even when we came across hurdles and that if we worked together as a team we could overcome anything.”