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BUSINESS SAVVY: Westborough High School’s students receieved their Enterprising School title from former Dragons’ Den star, Theo Paphitis

BUSINESS SAVVY: Westborough High School’s students receieved their Enterprising School title from former Dragons’ Den star, Theo Paphitis

Kirklees high school continue to dominate enterprise competitions

When it comes to enterprising in schools, one Dewsbury establishment has cemented it place head and shoulders above the rest after scooping their latest award last month.

On 29th June, students and teachers from Westborough High School attended the Ryman’s National Enterprise final 2016 at Doncaster Racecourse, walking away with the biggest award of the night - Most Enterprising School 2016.

Students pitched their business and enterprise skills against young people from across the country, in front of some of business’s biggest names.

The 2016 challenge saw the school’s Year 10 students tasked with creating the ultimate school-based business, inspired by current ambassador, Theo Paphitis.

Popular youth television personalities, Dick and Dom, hosted the Grand Final, which saw finalists from each participating school pit their wits and best business schemes against one another, in the hope of being awarded the honour of national category winner.

Lukman Patel (Head of Business & Ethics) said: “To be crowned Ryman’s National Enterprise Most Enterprising school is a massive accolade and shows that we are leading nationally on Business and Enterprise education at Westborough.”

This is the school’s twelfth award in two years, meaning Westborough have now won every local, regional and national competition they have entered.

Last year, Year 10 students were confirmed joint winners of the national Tycoon in Schools contest at a ceremony attended competition founder, Peter Jones CBE.

The students, who set up the company Ethical Print, impressed with a community newsletter that focuses on charity work and environmental issues. To raise profits – which were then donated to charity – they sold advertising space to local businesses.

DRIVING charity forward

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DONATION: The Enterprise team presented a cheque to InTouch Foundation last week at the Seacroft head office, (l-r) Stevie Day, Ibrar Ahmed, Cameron Bentley, Osman Gondal, Brian Waligora, and Danny Stuart

DONATION: The Enterprise team presented a cheque to InTouch Foundation last week at the Seacroft head office, (l-r) Stevie Day, Ibrar Ahmed, Cameron Bentley, Osman Gondal, Brian Waligora, and Danny Stuart

Enterprise team up with InTouch

The founder of a West Yorkshire charity was presented with a donation from his previous employers last week, as the InTouch Foundation continues on its ‘road’ to success.

Osman Gondal worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car for four years in 2003 after graduating and joining the management training programme.

Now, as the Founder and Board member of the InTouch Foundation, he spearheads the local charity which feeds the homeless across Bradford, Leeds and Keighley, whilst also operating a food bank and overseas projects.

The community champion returned to the Seacroft branch of Enterprise on Thursday 19th March to accept a donation of £1,000 from the company’s philanthropic arm, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

After meeting with previous colleagues and the cheque presentation, Osman explained how his former employers took the proactive step of getting in touch with him in regard to supporting the charity.

“The initial link with Enterprise was made when Ibrar (Ahmed), the branch manager, came down to one of our mobile soup kitchens in Keighley,” he explained.

“After speaking about the work we do, he was keen to take the message back to his branch and their Holdings Foundation which helps non-profit organisations such as InTouch.

“For me to go back to where my working life all began was a great experience and it was really nice to see their corporate social responsibility at the forefront of our local communities.”

He added: “This donation will help a lot of people across West Yorkshire and is just the first example of our organisations working together and I look forward to welcoming the Enterprise teams on site .”

Cameron Bentley, Senior Financial Controller at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, worked with Osman during his time at the Seacroft branch.

Having seen the work InTouch are doing in the local area, he said he was ‘determined’ to get involved with the projects.

“It was fantastic to welcome Osman back to Enterprise and discuss the incredible work the InTouch Foundation is doing across Bradford, Keighley and Leeds,” he said.

“Here at Enterprise Rent-a-Car we aim to strengthen our communities one neighbourhood at a time. By teaming up with InTouch we are determined to make that goal a reality.”

Brian Waligora, General Manager of Enterprise in the north of England, added: “Following the donation, we are now looking to get our staff involved with the soup kitchens and hopefully help distribute food one evening in the local areas.

“Our link with InTouch will only get stronger over time and we now look forward to working together on future projects.”