STUDENTS with a flavour for business are purring after picking up a series of awards.
And the team at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College in Hartlepool are putting part of their success down to a mascot.
Students at the Catcote Road school formed their own working company called Supercats which makes personalised jigsaws and mousemats.
Then, they’re sold and the students run the firm as a working concern.
They picked up an award for Best Team Programme in a competition at the MetroCentre in February.
Then, earlier this month, they reached the Young Enterprise area finals at Wynyard.
The six students proudly accepted a certificate and trophy for Young Enterprise Best Team Programme.
They won the award after they were questioned by judges about roles in the company and the products they make.
Teacher Alison Brown said: “The judges were very impressed by the quality of the personalised jigsaws and mousemats which are created on the premises by the three operations directors as part of their lessons.
“Supercats were also required to prepare a powerpoint presentation, explaining the highs and lows of their company. They all agreed working towards this has developed their confidence. They created a Catcote mascot for the presentation which brought humour to the event.”
Judges at the Wynyard event said “Supercats produced a clear company report, informative trade stand and interesting and fun presentation”.
Alison added: “They now have decided they have a lucky mascot as it brought them luck at the Area Finals.
“The company will close down in July and they will pay back their shareholders, for their support in helping to start up the company.”