Budding businessmen from Monkseaton High School showed their entrepreneurial skills at a competition this month, impressing judges along the way.
Project manager Mathew McLeod led a team in the school competition by creating ‘Build Britannia’, a mobile phone app which encouraged people to ‘rebuild Britain’.
The team, which included Tufayl Hannan, Owen Greenwell, Jack Osborne, Alex Sursham and James Bilverstone travelled to London to pitch their idea at The National Enterprise Final at the Troxy Theatre in London.
In the first round of heats the pupils were competing against 12 other schools, where they presented their ideas to a panel of five judges before advancing to the final to put their proposal to 600 people.
Unfortunately they were pipped at the post by another team, but Tufayl won the Most Enterprising Boy award for Key Stage 4 and collected his honour from Lord Alan Sugar, who said it was an excellent achievement having been chosen from all the participants.
Despite losing out to another team, the boys were thrilled with being voted into the top three out of all the schools participating.