NTS enterprise

64 students from Longbenton Community College came to St James' Park last week to take part in a North Tyneside School Enterprise Challenge. The Year 12 students worked in teams to develop ideas for products that could be traded at the annual St Nicholas' Festival in Whitley Bay on 14th and 15th December.

Funded by North Tyneside Council and delivered in partnership with North Tyneside Education Business Partnership, the challenge aims to inspire young people to be entrepreneurial. Students from George Stephenson High School, Whitley Bay High School, Churchill Community Centre, Monkseaton High School and Burnside Community will also take part over the coming months. Students will work alongside Foundation staff to develop their business plans, using Newcastle United as a real life business case study to inspire learning.

The North Tyneside Council project uses links with local business and the experience of the Business Factory to inspire young people to start up their own businesses. The Business Factory is a one-stop shop for budding entrepreneurs to get all the advice and support they need and has helped North Tyneside residents establish 400 businesses.

Sam McLoughlin, project manager at Newcastle United Foundation said;

"The students showed great entrepreneurial flair and we are excited to be working with schools from across North Tyneside to develop their businesses. We hope to see local people getting into the Christmas spirit and supporting them in Whitley Bay town centre in December."