Queen Anne's Young Entrepreneurs Reach The Final Hurdle Of ‘Tycoon In Schools’

Friday 24th January 2014

Team ‘Back Into Vintage LTD’ from Queen Anne’s School in Caversham has been selected as one of the finalists of the countrywide enterprise challenge ‘Tycoon in Schools’, run by the Peter Jones Foundation.

After competing alongside hundreds of school children across the country, ‘Back Into Vintage LTD’ is just one of four teams to be selected by a panel of judges, led by Peter Jones CBE and is now in the running to be crowned winner of ‘Tycoon in Schools’.

‘Back Into Vintage LTD’ is transforming the up-cycling industry, creating affordable and bespoke vintage artwork and retro products, including framed vinyl record sleeves and fruit bowls moulded from antique records, where a percentage of their profits are donated to the charity Tutudesks.

Team ‘Back Into Vintage LTD’ has been invited to attend an exclusive ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 12 February, where they will be personally congratulated by HRH, The Duke of York KG, Patron of the Peter Jones Foundation and Peter Jones CBE.

HRH, The Duke of York will unveil the champion of ‘Tycoon in Schools’, who will be awarded £1,000 of investment for their business. Awards will also be presented to the teams for outstanding achievement in teamwork, community engagement, sustainability and business concept.

Commenting on the standout performance of ‘Back Into Vintage LTD’, Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of the Peter Jones Foundation commented: “Team ‘Back Into Vintage LTD’s idea is brilliant and I have been very impressed by how professional and creative all their products are. “They have done a great job of marketing their products too, not only selling them at school, but also at local car boot sales and craft fairs. “I wish the team the best of luck in continuing to create exciting products and I hope that they are able to progress their conversations with leading buyers.”

Georgia Bray, 13 from Caversham and one of the members of ‘Back Into Vintage LTD’ said: “Taking part in ‘Tycoon in Schools’ has been a fantastic experience for me and my fellow classmates and it has helped us all gain valuable knowledge about how to run a business. We are thrilled to have made it to the final and to be invited to Buckingham Palace!”

Underpinned by Peter’s mission to put enterprise at the heart of the education system, ‘Tycoon in Schools’ is a nationwide competition, run by the Peter Jones Foundation, which aims to encourage and inspire young people across the country to start a business whilst at school.

Peter Jones CBE commented: “I have been so pleased and overwhelmed by the teams’ ideas and achievements this year. With so many fabulous businesses being created in such a short time frame, 2013 has been the most successful ‘Tycoon in Schools’ yet. “Recognising all the winners of ‘Tycoon in Schools 2013’ and the unveiling of this year’s overall winner at Buckingham Palace is going to be incredibly exciting for both myself and our Patron, HRH, The Duke of York.“

The competition is backed by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, as part of its wider goal to invigorate entrepreneurialism across the country.