It was battle of the businesses as students from across Oxfordshire competed to be named the county’s company of the year.
Young Enterprise, a popular annual competition that aims to inspire the next generation as they ended last week with a special prize-giving ceremony in Oxford.
The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Jean Fooks, handed out six prizes at The King’s Centre to celebrate businesses and social enterprise set up and run by the youngsters over an academic year.
The overall winning team was Zest from Oxford High School.
The team had written, illustrated and produced a socially-conscious story book aiming to reverse taught prejudice against social minorities.
Runner-up team Think, from The Oxford Academy, set up a social enterprise aiming to tackle drug use and associated crimes in the Blackbird Leys area.
Both teams will represent Oxfordshire at the South Central Regional Company of the Year competition on June 21 at the University of Buckingham.
Cassandra Cardiff, Oxfordshire area manager for Young Enterprise, said: “The judges were extremely impressed by all the teams and the products they developed. Many of the young people taking part in the competition started this academic year with very little knowledge of how business works.
“They have grown into budding entrepreneurs with business prowess and a drive to make their ideas come alive.”
Liz Marchant, editorial director for sponsor Taylor & Francis, added: “It was clear each group had thoroughly enjoyed the experience and very much deserved their place in the Oxfordshire finals.
“Congratulations and best of luck to Zest and Think as they represent Oxfordshire at the regional finals.”
JSP Manufacturing Award: Woodworx, Abingdon School
Best Use of Digital Media Award: Xylo, Abingdon School
Carter Jonas Award for Best Presentation: Zest, Oxford High School
Institute of Directors Award for Best Trade Stand: Xylo, Abingdon School
Runner Up (sponsored by Taylor & Francis): Think, The Oxford Academy
Overall Winner (sponsored by Taylor & Francis): Zest, Oxford High School