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SCHOOL TYCOONS CROWNED AT THE PALACE

In a week where the world welcomed a new member of the Royal Family, eyes at Buckingham Palace turned to the six fledgling businesses crowned as winners of the Peter Jones Foundation Tycoon Enterprise Competition.

More than 2,000 students from almost 400 schools took part this year, in the annual contest that sees teams of pupils from age 5 up to 19 create their own businesses to earn profits for good causes.

The two most successful teams in each age group plus two international winners came to the palace on Tuesday to find out the competition winners at an event hosted by HRH The Duke of York, and the Peter Jones Foundation.

Seven Hills co-founder Michael Hayman revealed the five category winners, who were presented with their awards by the Duke of York and Peter Jones CBE, before one business – Bottle Boutique from AKS Lytham Independent School – was announced as the overall winner of this year’s Tycoon Enterprise Competition.

The full list of winners is:

Tycoon750 (5-11): Little Prickles, Robert Arkenstall Primary School

Little Prickles brought books to life by creating a series of hedgehog ornaments, cakes and bookmarks, all while raising money for hedgehog preservation charities.

Tycoon 1K (11-14): Control ID, New Mills School and Sixth Form

Control ID created personalised skins for computer game controllers, reaching out to businesses who could use them as a promotional tool.

Tycoon 2K (14-16): Bottle Boutique, AKS Lytham Independent School

Bottle Boutique reused old wine and spirit bottles, adding lights and glitter in various innovative designs, donating net profit of £2115 to their local hospice in Fylde.

Tycoon 3K (16-19): That Purpose, Queen Anne’s

That Purpose created a foldable and eco-friendly, reusable lunch bag that fits into a wallet, offering corporate branding for businesses.

Tycoon International (Primary): Dream Team, Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School

Dream Team created a lip balm using ethically sourced beeswax, with profits supporting a local farm.

Tycoon International (Secondary): TMR Team, YK Pao School

TMR Team created a digital tool that can boost communication and allow for shared learning between schools.

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