Pupils hope to win business contest

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Liverpool vision launches entrepreneural challenge Liverpool Vision has launched a scheme that gives students the chance to take part in an entrepreneurial challenge.

Last year there were around 170 schools taking part in the popular Great Enterprise challenge and the winning teams from Walton’s Rice Lane infants and nursery and Speke secondary Parklands won a trip to Washington DC.

Head for Business, sponsored by Liverpool Community College, is a six-month competition giving schools £100 to start up their own business. Teams receive points based on challenges covering sales, marketing and business planning.

Divided into primary and secondary categories, the competition will eventually select five finalists from each section. The winners will be taken to London for a special business trip.

Councillor Jane Corbett, cabinet member for education, said: “This is once again a fantastic opportunity for schools to showcase the enterprising talents of their children and young people and further strengthen and develop links between Liverpool schools, local businesses and entrepreneurs.”

Max Steinberg OBE, chief executive of Liverpool Vision, said: “From the outset, we have seen a whole host of ideas come alive through the creativity and commitment of those taking part. Children as young as six have shown an entrepreneurial flair and their teachers should be proud of what they’ve already achieved.

“There is no doubt that this competition will provide a lasting legacy with some of these ideas forming the basis for the businesses of tomorrow.”

The GEC (Great Enterprise Challenge), whose headline sponsor is Lloyds TSB, is also being supported by  Liverpool Community Health, Liverpool John Moores University, ARUP and Cosmopolitan Housing.

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