Pupils show off their entrepreneurial skills

Students from Monkseaton High School who took part in  the National Enterprise Challenge 2013 and finished in the top 3, presented their business ideas to Lord Sugar.  (back l-r) Alex Sursham, Owen Greenwell, Jack Osborne, James Bilverstone and Matthew McLeod are with Tufayl Hannan who was awarded with the 'Most Enterprising Boy' in KS4 age group.  GM015739
Students from Monkseaton High School who took part in the National Enterprise Challenge 2013 and finished in the top 3, presented their business ideas to Lord Sugar. (back l-r) Alex Sursham, Owen Greenwell, Jack Osborne, James Bilverstone and Matthew McLeod are with Tufayl Hannan who was awarded with the 'Most Enterprising Boy' in KS4 age group. GM015739

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.