ENTREPRENEUR Theo Paphitis is returning to Stoke-on-Trent to launch the next round of a national schools competition organised by Youth Enterprise.

The National Enterprise Challenge, which is also being supported by Alton Towers, Staffordshire University and exam board OCR, will see schools across the UK take part in real-life business challenges.

Another 30,000 are expected to take part and the latest challenge, which will be launched at the university’s science centre on Wednesday next week.

Mr Paphitis said: “Last year, I was in awe of the children’s enthusiasm and ability to turn an idea into a working concept. These young entrepreneurs are our future and we need to educate them about business skills from an early age.

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“Business success is very much about common sense and knowledge, not just a lucky break.”

The last challenge saw hundreds of finalists make their final business pitches in front of Mr Paphitis and fellow judges at Trentham Gardens.

Rachael Cotton, from Alton Towers, said: “Alton Towers offers a unique environment for learning outside the classroom, so we are extremely pleased to be involved with this year’s National Enterprise Challenge.”

Source; The Sentinel

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