This year’s National Enterprise Day saw all students from years 9 and 10 taking part in a national competition, which looks for Britain’s best young entrepreneurs. In order to take one team to a grand finale event in London (on the 2nd July). There they not only got to enjoy a three course dinner in the company of professional businessmen and women, but also had the chance to pitch to Lord Alan Sugar should they reach the finals.


Monkseaton High School

At school students were given a tasked to design a product or service based around the notion of ‘Being British’. They were guided throughout the day, and introduced to the 4 Ps of marketing – Product, Price, Place and Promotion.

Teams worked for the majority of the day compiling their business idea’s before a whole-school assembly. In total eight groups managed to make it to the final phase of the day. Which involved pitching to a panel, and the rest of the school!

Our winning team

Led by project manager Matty McLeod, the winning team founded the company “Build Britain”, their product, an app designed to encouraged people to ‘rebuild’ Britain.

The judges congratulated them on their fantastic pitch and brilliantly British business plan. They were sure to be a credit to the school on the big day.

The winning team included: Matthew McLeod, Tufayl Hannan, Owen Greenwell, Jack Osborne, Alex Sursham and James Bilverstone.


On Tuesday 2nd July 2013 Build Britain travelled to London, to pitch their idea at The National Enterprise Final. In the first round pupils were competing against twelve other schools for a place in the next round, to secure their position they had to present their idea to a panel of five judges.

The judges were extremely impressed and Build Brittan reached the final, with two other schools. Now they had to pitch their idea at Troxy Theatre to judging panel; including Claire Young, an Apprentice finalist and manager of Alton Towers, in front of 600 people. The boys were unharmed by nerves and gave an excellent pitch. They gave it their all but were unfortunately piped at the post by another app.

However, Tufayl Hannan won ‘Most Enterprising Boy for Key Stage 4’ and collected his award from Lord Alan Sugar himself. This was an excellent achievement and we were all proud to watch him walk the red carpet to collect this prestigious award.

Despite losing out to another app, the boys were thrilled with being voted into the top with James Bilverstone commenting “this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we’re thrilled to have had the opportunity.” Matthew McLeod added “we were very proud to make it to London and into the top three, we showed great teamwork and determination throughout.”

With 58 schools participating, approximately 3000 teams would have pitched in an attempt to get to the final, with only 58 achieving that privilege. From this only three reached the final panel, one of which was ours!

Please join us in congratulating our team for achieving so much, in such a short period of time. We are immensely proud of their composure, maturity, teamwork and leadership.

Well done boys, you were brilliant and an excellent representation of the amazing students we have here at Monkseaton.

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