Petroc students show flair for business

Students take part in Barnstaple’s first Young enterprise Masterclass

ENTREPRENEURS of the future have been sharpening their business talents at a special Young Enterprise Masterclass day in Barnstaple.

The Year 1 and 2 BTEC business students from Petroc were taking part in an event organised by educational charity Young Enterprise in partnership with Barnstaple Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Barnstaple Rugby Club.

The students were divided into teams and asked to come up with a business proposal for the UK government to development a hitherto undiscovered island that had been found off the coast of Britain.

Each team then made presentations “Apprentice-style” to judges Rob Palmer, rugby club chairman and local businessman plus Mark Taylor, South Devon College lecturer.

The winning team was “Aqua Dream,” followed by “Viva la Venture” and “Starstruck” but Mr Palmer said he had been genuinely impressed with the effort and commitment shown by all the students taking part.

“I’m not someone who gives effusive praise unless it is deserved and in this case, you all deserved it,” he told them afterwards.

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Wendy Horton, area manager for Young Enterprise, said the aim of the day had been to build a link between education and local business, with the emphasis on business and team work.

“Everybody had a fabulous day, it’s been so successful and all those involved hope to be able to do it again next year,” she said, thanking the club, Chamber of Commerce and college for such excellent support.

Chamber president Phil Byers said it was a first opportunity for Young Enterprise to come to North Devon and they had been pleased to assist them.

“It was a pleasure to meet exemplary students and see the focus and commitment they gave to the day,” he said, “the standard was very impressive and incredibly high.”

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