Doing it by book pays off for pair

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TWO budding entrepreneurs are celebrating coming out on top in an enterprise competition.

The contest won by sixth-formers Emma Russell and Anthony Candler, both in their final year at Longbenton Community College, was part of a six-week business programme.

The programme was funded by North Tyneside Learning Trust and run by North Tyneside Council to offer youngsters aged 16 to 18 the chance to develop business ideas with expert help.

Emma and Anthony came up with a business plan for selling collectable books.

Anthony, 17, said: “It feels great to have won. We got on really well and any tasks one of us struggled with, the other could do.

“We thought the business idea was a strong one – which involved selling books from first editions to signed copies – and we are delighted to have done so well.”

Emma, also 17, added: “The programme was a great experience and gave everyone involved an insight into what’s needed to get an idea off the ground.

“This is something I’ll definitely look to pursue in the future.

“The people running the enterprise school have already said they’ll continue to support us and the other teams that took part.”

Over the six weeks, ten youngsters learned about the key principles of starting and running their own businesses, spending one day a week working with businesswoman Carol Metcalfe and David Ireland, an adviser at North Tyneside’s Business Factory.

The students have now been assigned a business mentor to help them develop their ideas further.