10th May 2000

 

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE FOR TEENAGERS

 

Youngsters from schools across Lincoln who have formed small businesses will compete in the Young Enterprise competition on Friday (12th May) at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

Fourteen companies being run by teenagers aged between 15 and 19 have been entered in the Lincoln area competition (one of four areas in the county).

 

Among the innovative business ideas the youngsters have come up with are producing jewellery, clocks made from compact discs, printing T-shirts and holding school discos. Each team has had the advice of two people with business experience but the young people were expected to do all of the work themselves.

 

The company judged best overall will be entered for the county final on May 25th and could then win through to the national final later in the year.

 

“The most important part of the initiative is that the students taking part learn teamworking -

skills and discipline, but any profit they can make from their products is definitely an added bonus for them,” said co-organiser Mike Darwin, a journalist who hosts a business programme on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

 

Among the judges are representatives from the Lincolnshire Echo, ABB Alstom Power and the Lincolnshire TEC.

 

“We are very grateful for the support we have been given by ABB Alston Power,” Mr Darwin added.

 

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Sam Hendley

Press Officer

Marketing (Media Relations)

Tel: 01522 886042

Fax: 01522 882088

e-mail: shendley@lincoln.ac.uk