Three Year 12 students from AKS, Charlotte, Niamh and Sally attended the Tycoons in Schools final at Buckingham Palace on 7 May. This business enterprise competition was founded and funded by the Peter Jones Foundation and it encourages students of all ages to create and run their own business.
Bottle Boutique up-cycled empty wine and spirits bottles creating unique designs with themes such as Christmas, Burns Night, Valentines and poignantly, ‘angel wing‘ bottles for a ‘Light up a Life’ service at Trinity Hospice. Bottle Boutique donated their profit of just under £2500, to Trinity Hospice. All this superb tenacity, creativity and enterprise skills was recognised by HRH The Duke of York, and Peter Jones at an awards ceremony.
The group had to face some searching question by business leaders and sponsors of the foundation after being selected as finalist along with 7 other groups out of the 400 entrants. This was a superb achievement, but then they went on to win their age group category and finally Peter Jones announced they had won the whole competition. They were presented a winner's trophy and a £1000 cheque by HRH The Duke of York.
Mr McIntyre, Head of Business Education at AKS and Tycoons’ team leader, commented, “the entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and work ethic that has led to Bottle Boutique’s success are attributes we seek to build in all our students, whether they choose to study Business or not. This creates a culture where students are confident to take the lead, as well as being able to form strong teams. This in turn has resulted in our excellent track record and prepares our students for the world of work.”