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Grangers Taste Success as the 'People's Choice'

A team of Year 10 students enjoyed success at a regional entrepreneurial competition in Leeds this week, taking the 'People's Choice' award at the Trinity Kitchen Challenge.  

The challenge, now in its fourth year, raises aspirations and introduces enterprise skills to local young people as well as making them aware of the opportunities available in retail.  This was the first time Grange has taken part and we were also joined by a team from Southfield School, who also entered last year and also did a great job.  

The project was supported by our partners at Ahead Partnership, who linked the businesses together with their partner schools and the covered the event live on their Twitter feed.  

The students attended a launch at the Trinity Leeds Centre Management Suite in February, where they were set the task of creating their own pop-up food concept to feature at Trinity Kitchen, before taking a tour of Trinity Kitchen and interviewing vendors for their business planning research. The students also took part in interactive workshops focused on marketing, costing and pricing to help them create their concept in an allocated budget of £20,000.  Additional time was spent at school between sessions working together as a team on their concept.  

Volunteer vendors and managers from Trinity Leeds mentored and coached the teams over the next month, with 60 young people from Beckfoot School, Southfield School, Grange Technology College, Carr Manor School and John Smeaton Academy taking part in the challenge.  It was this team of mentors who had the tough task of picking a winner.  

Congratulations to Carr Manor who took the overall prize.  We were delighted to take the 'People's Choice' award, voted for by the other participants.  The team won a certificate and £25 gift voucher each.  

Well done Grangers!