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Entrepreneurs of the future test their skills

By Essex Chronicle  |  Posted: May 07, 2012

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BUDDING young entrepreneurs fought for the chance to be dubbed Young Enterprise's best business brains in mid-Essex.

A total of six teams from Moulsham High, Felsted School, King Edward VI Grammar and Thriftwood School put forward their best pitches, on April 24.

It was Felsted's team, MontSense, who impressed the judges with their eco-friendly business making scented candles.

"None of us did art, in fact I cannot even draw stick men," said team member, Jamie Baker, 17, from Brentwood.

Sam McArdle, 17, from Felsted explained: "We were conscious to do something to help the environment, and collecting people's old pots can do that.

"At home we have recycling bins but that is all we really do."

"So we went round the village and took everything people were going to throw away. We did not want to do something completely ridiculous, but we needed it to be sustainable and useful.

"At the beginning we had no clue what we were doing , but all it is involves melting wax, adding a scent and leaving it to set."

MontSense have been selling their candles to shops in Felsted.

Sam added: "We are actually doing really well, demand is outstripping supply. I do not think we made enough at the beginning, so we had to work quickly.

"We have sold 150 of them at a rough average of £5, which is pretty good.

Picking up the wild card award, was the King Edwards VI Grammar School team, Sentiens, which in Latin means, "with feeling".

They devised a bookmark and reward scheme to encourage children to read more books.

Each child receives a bookmark and once they have completed four books, they get a certificate and move up a level. There are 16 books in total for the Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils to complete.

So far Sentiens are in talks with schools around the Brentwood, Chelmsford and London areas, to try and get the scheme put into place for the next school year.

"Children do not need to be rewarded with sweets or prizes, in fact it is the sense of achievement that really works the best with children," said Jonathan Wall, 16, from Stock. "They will get these certificates in front of everyone at an assembly, so it does feel like a real achievement. We have all gone through the school system so we understand what it is like."

Also in the team is Alex Bailey, 16, from Ramsden Bellhouse, William Cherry, 16, from Billericay, Robert Coe, 16, from Billericay, Conor Cooper, 16, from London, Mitchell Fasanya, 15, from Brentwood and Josh Brearey, 16, from Springfield.

Other awards were handed out to Thriftwood School, for Team Programme Winners and Best Trade Stand, for making gifts including candles, cards, chocolates and bunting.

Felsted School's Duck Fuzz Creations, also won Best Presentation for their U Mugs.

The County Finals will take place at Shire Hall on May 10.

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