For the second year running, the Young Enterprise final was held at Bedford School. Six finalists representing schools across Bedfordshire presented their companies to a group of local business dragons in the Great Hall. The judges interviewed the companies, reviewed their business reports and trade stands. Councillor David Bowater, chairman of the Central Bedfordshire Council, spoke to the audience, which numbered in excess of 200, and Mr Ged Green, Physics teacher at Bedford school, gave the keynote speech calling on his years of experience working in international high tech businesses. Having watched the students’ presentations, it was a reflection on the quality and the broad range of businesses developed this year that the judges required an extra half an hour to decide on the winning team. ‘Certified King’, created by a group of students from Lealands High School in Luton, claimed this honour. They will now go on to the East of England stage held at Cambridge University. All the students involved experienced a wide range of real-life situations in the year-long project. Although Bedford school have, in previous years, had much success in the competition, this year’s teams didn’t reach the final but nevertheless enjoyed the valuable experience of taking part. We look forward to next year’s competition.


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