A student from Linton has won plaudits after speaking at an awards dinner for 250 local entrepreneurs.
Beth Wrenn, a year 10 student at Linton Village College, was collecting the Rural Action award on behalf of Linton employer Dalehead Foods at the Business in the Community East of England Responsible Business Awards at Quendon Hall, Essex.
Beth, 15, was one of a team of students who created the winning sausage in the Enterprise Food Challenge at LVC, sponsored by Dalehead Foods, and saw her recipe produced in the factory at Linton and sold at over 50 Waitrose stores last year.
The Enterprise Food Challenge takes place each year due to the link between the college and Dalehead Foods, part of the Business in the Community Business Class programme which links schools with local businesses and gives students an insight into the economics and science of the food and farming industries.
“The Business Class programme and Dalehead Foods have given me the opportunity to broaden my insight into the business environment, employability skills and different job opportunities within a business organisation. I have been looking at my future career as my A level options are just around the corner and this has given me an excellent opportunity to expand my horizons,” she told the assembled businesspeople.
‘Beth deserves great credit for speaking in front of such a large audience at a prestigious occasion and many of the businesspeople present commented on her excellent and mature presentation. As a teacher, it was one of those ‘lump in your throat’ moments when you see one of your students achieve something special,’ said Ian Simmons, head of the enterprise faculty at LVC.