24.03.15 - Young Enterprise Area Final Winners!

Judges at the South Derbyshire area final of a competition to find the best business idea and product created by local school children, were amazed by Ockbrook School’s team’s puzzle product that builds into a chalkboard.

Our Young Enterprise team ‘Puzzle’ caught the judges’ imagination with its puzzle-shaped chalkboard at the Young Enterprise Area Final. The team competed against five schools from across the area and were judged winners based on the team’s professionalism, enthusiasm and excellent organisation across all elements of their business. The judges singled out Puzzle’s company branding and administration as stand out features of the business.

Chloe Hand, 16, explained that the chalkboards are made using the school’s laser cutter: “We couldn’t believe it when the judges said that we’d made it through as winners to the Derbyshire County Finals.

“Our chalkboards have proven very popular. We held a trade show at Intu Derby recently and people seemed genuinely interested in the concept. We make the boards in two different sizes. The small one is good for children in their nurseries and the large one looks great in a family kitchen to write memos on.”

Tom Brooksby, Headmaster, Ockbrook School, adds: “The team’s energy and enthusiasm is extraordinary and the whole school is behind them as they progress to the next round. Puzzle also receives fantastic support and mentoring from a dedicated team of governors and staff, but it is the efforts of the students that has got them this far. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

Young Enterprise is the United Kingdom’s largest business and enterprise education charity. Every year it helps 250,000 young people learn about business and the world of work in the classroom under the guidance of a network of 5,000 volunteers from 3,500 companies.