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Sixth Formers Among Country’s Brightest Young Business People

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

A team from Bolton School Boys' Division has been named runner up in a national Business Competition to find the country's brightest young business people!

Sixth Formers Alistair Charleston, Nathan Johnson and Henry Wakerley came second in the Years 12 - 13 Category of Step into Business- a ground-breaking lesson-based competition aimed at building key employability skills and locating the country's most promising young entrepreneurs in business and finance.

Step into Business was launched in June 2009 by the b-live Foundation and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) The competition was delivered as part of the business studies curriculum and placed participants in the position of would-be investor - much like the successful BBC series Dragons' Den. Teams were shown three new product ideas and given an imaginary £50,000 to invest in the one they considered most likely to succeed at market.

Students were asked to analyse each of the products financial viability and marketability, allowing them to exercise key business studies and curriculum skills including numeracy, literacy, teamwork, reflective learning, decision making and leadership.

Mrs Christine Edge, Head of Business Studies, said: "This is a fantastic achievement and I am very pleased for the boys. Once again this reflects the success of the School's Business Studies Department - we have a record of either winning or being second in any national competitions we enter!"

Louise Mason, Marketing Manager, Student Recruitment, ICAEW, commented: "It's great to see so many financially minded business entrepreneurs in the competition. We have found some budding business advisers of the future."

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Alistair Charleston, Nathan Johnson and Henry Wakerley

The boys were named runners up in the competition to find the country’s most promising young entrepreneurs in business and finance