Enterprising pupils from Alleyne’s High School are the 2013 West Midlands Young Enterprise (YE) champions.
Team Equipo’s victory adds to a remarkable run and success for the Stafford and Stone YE Board which has seen three teams for the area take the West Midlands crown in the past six years.
Alleyne’s High School pupils won the title with their innovative Earbuddy product. They will now compete in the national finals on 1 July, 2013.
Backed by a support group of local business people, team Equipo wowed the YE judges with Earbuddy, an ingenious earphone holder which prevents tangling and can be personalised or branded as a corporate gift.
Following a recent victory in the Staffordshire final, Equipo fought off hot competition from teams from Shropshire, Hereford and Worcester, Birmingham, the Black Country and Coventry and Warwickshire.
The team received support from their Business Advisors, Sue Green of Stafford based Evergreen HR and Dave Royle from Alstom UK.
While the chair and vice chair of YE Stafford and Stone, Stuart Walton and Sarah White helped Equipo to prepare for the West Midlands finals.
Stuart, UK Managing Director of BforB (Business for Breakfast) said: “The Equipo team have a great attitude and they are a delight to work with. Earbuddy solves a practical problem that any smart phone user is familiar with and they have proven a hit with fellow students and other customers.
“This success is also pleasing for me on a personal note. I met Sarah, from m-viron, and Sue after setting up the BforB referral marketing network in Staffordshire three years ago.
“We recognised that BforB and Young Enterprise was a perfect match – bringing together current and future entrepreneurs – and we have supported YE by providing sponsored places in BforB groups and by encouraging members from North and Mid Staffordshire to get involved with local school groups.”
To find out more about Earbuddy or to support Equipo, further please visit their website at www.equipo.co.uk.
For further information contact Stuart Walton on 0845 1990 364 or 07706 161851