Praise for enterprising teenagers for conjuring up a great business model

Grantham College students have created a brand and are finalists in a Young Enterprise competition. Pictured are, from left - Anabel Blanchard, judge Coun Frances Cartwright, Georgina Babbetts, Olivia Langley, Catherine Sutton, Judge Cameron Ford, Michael Allsebrook, Joe Sewell and judge Andy Harsley.

Grantham College students have created a brand and are finalists in a Young Enterprise competition. Pictured are, from left - Anabel Blanchard, judge Coun Frances Cartwright, Georgina Babbetts, Olivia Langley, Catherine Sutton, Judge Cameron Ford, Michael Allsebrook, Joe Sewell and judge Andy Harsley.

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A GROUP of students from Grantham College are finalists in a competition searching for the country’s best budding entrepreneurs.

The teenagers, all aged between 15 and 19, set up Rytham and Band, designing branded wristbands which they sold at trade fairs.

This business idea has won them a spot in the county final of the Young Enterprise Company Programme.

South Kesteven district councillor Frances Cartwright was a judge, as was Andy Harsley, the technical director of Rapstrap Ltd who appeared on TV’s Dragons’ Den.

Coun Cartwright said: “They wanted to produce something that was fun, affordable and likely to appeal to their peers. They certainly succeeded.”

Rytham and Band will compete in the area final at RAF College Cranwell on May 1.

Elizabeth Bland, chairman of the Kesteven and Rutland area of the Young Enterprise Company Programme, said: “The teams set up their own companies from scratch, developed a product or service, and were then able to sell their product at trade fairs which were held throughout the year.”

The Young Enterprise intiative is sponsored by SKDC, Totemic, Rapstrap, Reflect Recruitment Group, Total Networking, Genie and Hood Parkes & Co.

Anyone who would like to get involved as a business mentor or join the local board can contact Elizabeth at embland@totalise.co.uk