Young entrepreneurs fly high in business awards

Students from the Wetherby area have gone far in this year’s Leeds Enterprise Advisory Programme (LEAP), with a range of travel accessories that flew off the shelves.

The company High Flyers was set up by a team of lower sixth students from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) under the LEAP scheme, through which students gain real hands-on experience of running their own business during one school year.

In the end of year LEAP awards, High Flyers scooped four awards - Best Company Report, the Social Media Award, Best Presentation and the ultimate accolade of Best Overall Company. High Flyers turned a profit by selling a range of passport covers and earphones, with each team member assuming a key role in the running of the company, such as marketing, finance or social media.

Libby Munro, from Scarcroft, was the managing director and said: “I thought LEAP was a great way to get some business experience before I apply to university for economics.

“We allocated roles according to the individual strengths of team members and everyone pulled together, from raising startup capital and choosing the product through to producing the company report and giving our presentation.”

Olivia Houseman, from Linton, who is studying art, was the clear choice for creative director.

She said: “I sketched the designs for the passport covers and set up the website. We had to be creative in our selling methods, I surprised the team by turning up to a trade fair dressed as a reindeer.”

High Flyers’ social media guru was Immy Share, from Alwoodley, who said: “I was really happy to win the social media prize, following the success of our promotional video that got 1,400 views on Facebook.

“LEAP ran some useful seminars at Allerton High School which got us started, and I’ve learned how important social media is for modern business.”

High Flyers are donating their profit to GSAL’s charitable project in support of communities in Malawi.

The other team members are Grace Hall, from East Keswick, who took on the role of sales director; Hollie Bruce, from Alwoodley, company secretary; Hannah Freeman, from Alwoodley, human resources; Lucy Adler, from Alwoodley, finance director; and Rosie Harris, from Roundhay, production. Phoebe Goldstone, from Alwoodley, and Jaypreet Dhesi, from Cleckheaton, shared the marketing brief.

Pictured are High Flyers LEAP company, back from left, Phoebe Goldstone, Hannah Freeman, Immy Share, Libby Munro, Olivia Houseman, Lucy Adler; Front, from left, Grace Hall and Hollie Bruce.