STUDENTS showed off their entrepreneurial skills at the Young Enterprise Arun and Chichester area awards.
Budding Richard Bransons from Seaford College, Petworth, scooped the top award for best company, beating off competition from seven other schools.
Their company, called Catalyst, sold Christmas cards based on a range of designs by art students. The students also hosted a spring trade fair, which was promoted to local entrepreneurs and local communities and they have been selling a range of products including beaded crafts made by a tribe in Kenya.
Will Whitwell, 16, Catalyst’s financial director, said they chose the products because of their ethical background.
Other companies came up with a range of products to sell, including glow bracelets, personalised office products and bath products.
Students from St Philip Howard School, Barnham, were named runners-up for their company called Prism.
Catalyst will go through to the next round, the county finals of the young enterprise competition, which takes place later this month.
The other award winners were:
Best potential new company – Urban Enterprise, The Regis School; Best business plan – Rhodium, Bishop Luffa School, Chichester; Best website – Flare, Bishop Luffa.; Best branding – Rhodium, Bishop Luffa; Best product – Transcendancy, Midhurst Rother College; Best creative company report – Rhodium, Bishop Luffa; Commerce award – Bob’s, Littlehampton Academy; Best company report – Catalyst, Seaford College, Petworth; Best stand – Catalyst, Seaford College; Best presentation – Seasons, joint Chichester High Schools.