A new scheme to get college students in South Molton engaged with businesses in their local community has enjoyed a successful launch.

South Molton Community College is one of 10 schools in the county to be awarded The Enterprise in Schools grant, given to help create educational opportunities within the areas of enterprise and innovation for both pupils and staff.

Several businesses have partnered up with the college to make it a reality, including Eaton Ltd; Quince Honey Farm; SMBA; Mole Valley Farmers; Tourist Information and Lloyds Bank. Representatives of all those companies were at the launch day, along with county council members.

Students were given a number of business-based challenges throughout the day.

Ian Wallace, from Quince Honey Farm, said: “They’ve been really enthusiastic and have had some great ideas. It’s been great to provide an opportunity for the school and work with the students.”

The Business Enterprise Challenge lessons will be incorporated into the timetable for years seven and eight and the college is looking forward to working with all the local businesses involved.