Young Hartlepool entrepreneurs triumph at trade fair

WINNERS: Catcote Academy pupils (rear) Adam Steele and Hannah Wood with (front) Rachel Black and Lewis Gledhill
WINNERS: Catcote Academy pupils (rear) Adam Steele and Hannah Wood with (front) Rachel Black and Lewis Gledhill

YOUNG entrepreneurs from Hartlepool have triumphed at the North East and Cumbria Trade Fair.

Pupils from Catcote Academy, in Catcote Road, went home with the Best Team Programme Award at the Young Enterprise event, which was held at Gateshead Metrocentre last Sunday.

Adam Steele, Hannah Wood, Rachel Black and Lewis Gledhill are part of the enterprise company set up at Catcote, known as Busybugs.

The children produced toys known as Alphabugs as well as Alphabug colouring books, which were written and designed by Catcote students.

Alison Brown, Link Teacher at Catcote, said: “The company have created a unique product made by children for children and we are all very excited to share this with everyone.

“The winning of this award proves that the judges, who were all business people, feel we are on to a winner.”

Busybugs set up its stall at Exhibition Square, just outside Primark, and sold £82.50 worth of products to the public.

They beat 40 other teams from schools, colleges and universities from across the region to the prize at the event.

The students impressed the judges with their skills in teamwork, meeting deadlines, problem solving, communication and financial capabilities, while they also managed to make new business contacts.

Busybugs was set up from scratch in September 2014 and it is intended to be open for two years.

Students hold positions like they would in any other company such as marketing director, financial director and head of human resources.

After their success at the trade fair, Busybugs are now aiming for higher things.

Alison said: “The judges have suggested that the books should be published, which is our next step.”