Pupils win business competition

Business mentor Alan Marshall and fundraising manager for the Prince's Trust Leanne Birch with the Catalyst Inc team from Ripon Grammar School and the cheque for �1,200. (S)

Business mentor Alan Marshall and fundraising manager for the Prince's Trust Leanne Birch with the Catalyst Inc team from Ripon Grammar School and the cheque for �1,200. (S)

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ENTERPRISING sixth formers at Ripon Grammar School have put their business skills to the test in a challenge raising funds for charity.

The three-month exercise carried out for The Prince’s Trust involved the students – who formed a group, Catalyst Inc – organising sales of ‘hoodie’ clothing and glowsticks and the recycling of more than 40 unwanted mobile phones. Their efforts raised £1,200 and a cheque was presented to the charity during a ceremony at the school.

After its success, the team took part in a Dragons’ Den style competition evening at the Mount School, in York, where individual members of the team went up against pupils from other schools to explain how they had run a mini-business to secure a profit.

Impressing the judges with their account of the highs and lows of the challenge, the members of Catalyst Inc were delighted to be declared the North Yorkshire winners of the competition.