14 June 2019
A group of Year 12 students at Channing School in north London are celebrating getting through to final of the Young Enterprise UK Company of the Year Awards, the grand finale of the 2019 Young Enterprise’s flagship Company Programme. Over the course of the year, thousands of young people from hundreds of schools located across the UK, The Channel Islands and Gibraltar have set up and run student businesses, battling it out in local and regional competitions. Fourteen teams compete at the final, and the overall UK winner will be crowned on the evening. The winner will go on to represent the UK at the Junior Achievement Company of the Year Final which is taking place in Lille, France in July with President Macron in attendance.
The Channing group, Team Novus, is selling a product called Doodle Bloom, a pack of 12 plantable pencils in different colours. Each pencil contains a different type of seed to plant. One of the group, Kate Anderson, said: ‘Our pencils are eco-friendly and sustainable as they are made from recycled wood. Each pencil contains a different seed that, when planted, grow into an array of beautiful flowers, herbs and plants. Our aim for creating our product was to inspire people to become environmentally conscious and help sustain our world. Pencils have an interactive nature and relatively small impact on the environment. We hope to encourage children to be creative and give back to the environment for a sustainable future.’
The Final of the Young Enterprise takes place next Tuesday at London’s County Hall. Award-winning journalist and BBC presenter Steph McGovern will host the evening, alongside celebrity entrepreneur Ben Towers.
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