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    County Awards for Young Enterprise Students 

    Lower Sixth Form entrepreneurs progress to the Young Enterprise Regional Finals.

    Kimbolton School Young Enterprise Team Win County AwardsBusiness-minded Kimbolton School students have won three awards at the Young Enterprise County Finals in Cambridge. Team Ignite, led by MD James Clements, won Best Environmental Awareness, Best Product Innovation and Best Overall Company. They now progress to the Regional Finals on 20th June with their ‘slot-a-pot’ – a natural oak holder for plants and shrubs (pictured), that enables plants to be quickly and easily changed when not in flower.

    Their success follows an impressive peformance at the District Finals last month, when Team Ignite and Team Imperium won an impressive seven out of ten awards between them. Teams from several local schools competed for prizes, having set-up and operated their own companies since September. Students were judged in three different ways: the written reports that they had submitted beforehand, the interviews conducted at their trade stands, and team presentations delivered to an audience of judges, staff and parents.

    Both of our teams performed strongly against tough competition and gave an excellent account of themselves. Imperium, led by MD Aidan Ward, won Best Presentation on the Night, Best Company Report, Best Marketing and Most Environmentally Aware Company, with their beautiful recycled wine bottle plant holders. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Lucas Campbell-Butcher of team Ignite was named Best YE Entrepreneur in Huntingdonshire. Ignite also scooped Best Product Innovation and was additionally named as a finalist for Company of the Year, progressing to the County finals on Thursday 4 May at Robinson College.

    Mr Jon Saunders, Kimbolton School Young Enterprise Coordinator, said, “We were very pleased with the range of awards for our teams. It has been pleasing to see how the students' confidence has grown as they have developed and manufactured their own designs and negotiated with local retailers to stock their products.”