Students showcase their business savvy in competition

The winning team Katie Nippress, Joshua Travies, Jessica Taylor and Hannah Huxley

The winning team Katie Nippress, Joshua Travies, Jessica Taylor and Hannah Huxley

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An accumulator challenge-style competition run in the memory of a popular Haverhill businessman has been won by a team from Castle Manor Academy.

Students from both Castle Manor and Samuel Ward Academy were encouraged to make as much money as possible from an original £50 stake in the Rob Maidment Enterprise Challenge.

The competition, organised by ONE Haverhill Partnership, was won by Castle Manor’s Team Interconnected after they raised £410.

Julia Power, business and finance teacher at the school, said: “We’re extremely proud of all the students’ achievements and how hard they worked over the six-week challenge. They all demonstrated fantastic business skills and entrepreneurship.”

The winning team – Katie Nippress, 14, Joshua Travies, 15, Jessica Taylor, 14, and Hannah Huxley, 14 – boosted their funds by creating a Christmas leaflet, and selling advertising to local businesses, as well as running a festive decoration stall on Haverhill market.

They also organised a disco for Year 5 and Year 6 students from Place Farm Academy and Burton End Academy.

The contest is run twice a year with the next one planned around this summer’s youth market. It is run in Mr Maidment’s memory as a tribute to his dedication to the town before he passed away last year.