Sewell Park College entrepreneurs scoop award
Talented young entrepreneurs from a Norwich school have scooped the top accolade in a county awards ceremony celebrating young enterprise.
A group of year 10 students from Sewell Park College in St Clements Hill was crowned the Aviva Overall Winners at this year's Aviva Young Enterprise Business Awards for Norfolk for their company Obsession which recycles old jewellery, Lego and other items to create new accessories. The group also received the Enterprise Shield, the Lovewell Blake Best Financial Records Award, and the Bringing The Outside In Branding Award.
Lilly Bunn, Obsession's 15-year-old managing director, said: 'The moment when they called out Obsession at the awards was just amazing. It felt brilliant and it was great to get all the positive feedback from the judges.
'We are now looking forward to going to the next round.'
Obsession was set up about 10 months ago and the rest of the team are Meg Bays, Katherine Avey and Ellie Smith, who are all 15, and Abbi Lacey, Alessia Pitcher and Summer Plane, all 14.
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Lilly explained: 'We sell vintage handcrafted jewellery and accessories which we make ourselves. It is a way of making use of old things that people do not want any more.'
Obsession has sold products at school events and a trade fair in The Forum. Alessia Pitcher, deputy managing director, said she was really happy about Obsession's achievements at the awards held on Monday at Open in Norwich, and she said the business is giving the team a lot of valuable experience. Obsession has been supported by business teachers Jackie Bircham and Amie Cushion and advisor Jane Crane.
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Mrs Bircham said: 'We are really proud of Obsession. We were especially pleased because most of the other groups taking part were sixth formers and so Obsession were one of the youngest groups. They have gone on a real journey and it has been great to watch.'
Obsession will represent Norfolk in the regional final in Cambridge in June and could then go on to the national and even European final.
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