JAPANESE-INSPIRED hair accessories, a voucher website and tie-dyed socks were among the ideas students came up with for a scheme aimed at boosting their business skills.
Held each year at secondary schools throughout the country, the Young Enterprise scheme gives students the practical experience of devising, marketing and running their own businesses.
Davison High School for Girls, in Selborne Road, each year enters students into the competition, and this year the three groups from the school won eight of 10 awards in the South Downs area.
These included a newly-introduced award for young achiever 2013, which was won by Georgia Teague from the business Kotori.
Adhvitha Premanand, from Intertwine, received highly commended, while Kotori, which sold Japanese-inspired hair accessories, won best branding and best governance.
Gekko Inc, which produced a discount voucher website, won best product or service and best website, while Intertwine, which sold tie-dyed socks, friendship bracelets and hair scrunchies, won best business plan, best trade stand and best company.
This led to the company competing at the Sussex finals for Young Enterprise, which were held last Monday, where it won best presentation along with runner-up Sussex company of the year.
Gekko Inc also won best website for Sussex.
Vicki Stitt, Young Enterprise co-ordinator, said: “The confidence, enthusiasm and dedication they have shown throughout the Young Enterprise programme has been outstanding.”
This year, the volunteer business advisers who guided the teams were Malcolm Consterdine, Mark Wheeler, Ian Miller and Tony Hedger.