Business idea sees students reach finals

By Tom Oakley | Staffordshire | News | Published:

A school in Stafford has secured their place in the regional finals of Young Enterprise.

Team Orbit, from King Edward Vi in Stafford, fought off competition from over 20 schools across the county with their company and business idea.

The team wowed judges with their learning and adventure book and app, where Columbii, a visitor from a distant alien planet, has decided to visit Earth.

He travels around the planet visiting seven different countries, learning about their culture and most famous landmarks.

The book takes children on his journey and the free app uses state of the art technology to bring the book to life and test the knowledge of the user.

The Young Enterprise programme, being co-ordinated by Staffordshire County Council, helps young people develop their business and personal skills by creating their own company and products.

Orbit team members, Niles Butler, Ellie Wright and Henry Lapworth said: “We are over the moon with winning the finals. It was really hard work coming up with a good idea, making it work and getting it to the selling stage. But, the win shows what hard work and perseverance can do.”

The county finals were held at World of Wedgwood on Wednesday 10 May with the finalists going through to the regional competition later in June

Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council added his congratulations to the winning team.


He said: “We’ve been following the young people’s progress closely since the start of the programme and it’s great to see them develop their business skills and confidence.

“They have been on an exciting learning journey, creating their companies, developing and pitching their business ideas and getting out selling to the public. I’m sure people will join me in wishing them the best of luck when they take part in the regional finals.”

Over twenty high schools from across Staffordshire have signed up to the programmes, working with over 3,500 students.

Pupils work alongside teachers, business mentors and employers in school and take part in practical, engaging activities that introduce them to the world of work and enterprise.

Tom Oakley

By Tom Oakley
Trainee Multi-Media Journalist

Express & Star reporter responsible for covering Walsall and Staffordshire. Got a story? Email or call 01902 319482.


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