Some business savvy pupils visit palace

Innovative - The team from the Felpham Community Collage.'''Picture by Louise Adams C140129-1 Bog Tycoon

Innovative - The team from the Felpham Community Collage.'''Picture by Louise Adams C140129-1 Bog Tycoon

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LEARNING on the job and helping to save lives was all in a day’s work for Felpham students.

The seven-strong 1st Response@Felpham team are waiting to find out if they have scooped the top prize in the national Tycoon in Schools competition for 2013.

The A-level business students set up their own company teaching first aid courses after they saw a gap in the market.

Project manager Miles King, 16, said: “Finding an idea that was unique was difficult, but, once we had, we applied for £1,000 and were given it.”

The students were inspired by watching a news report which highlighted a parent who had saved their child’s life through knowing basic first aid.

“If this saves just one life then what we have done has been worth it,” added Miles.

As part of the business, the students visited local primary schools to deliver training and sessions were given to businesses with the help of trained paramedics.

Miles said: “Visiting the primary schools was extremely rewarding, it was probably one of my favourite parts.”

Marketing manager Oliver Cooper, 17, said: “It has been great on-the-job learning for us.”

The team also came up with innovative ways to get their messages across.

“Creating the comic stripe and the character Dr ABC as well as the wristbands helped us create a brand and it was really good when we went into primary schools,” added Oliver.

Paul Darbyshire, the school’s subject leader for business and vocational studies, said: “I very proud of what the team have achieved.

“But for them it has not just been about starting the business it has been about helping the community and involving the community.”

The team will attend Buckingham Palace tomorrow (February 8), where they will be presented with awards and personally congratulated by the Duke of York and Peter Jones CBE.

If they are crowned overall winners, they will be awarded £1,000 of investment Other accolades will also be presented to teams.

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