Truro School at YE national finals

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A team of emerging entrepreneurs from Cornwall has beaten all regional competition and won a place in the national finals of the Young Enterprise Company Programme (YE).

The winning business was The Seaweed Gardeners, a start-up company created by pupils at Truro School. At the south west regional finals held in Poole, they were judged more successful than teams from Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Plymouth and West of England.

The product the company produces is plant food created using recycled materials, including used coffee granules and eggshells, blended with the main ingredient, seaweed.

The last time Cornwall won the regional competition was 2008 and it’s ten years since the county won the national finals.

John Topham, chairman of the Young Enterprise Board, said: “The Seaweed Gardeners gave a wonderful presentation and it was a real pleasure to be associated with them. The shock and joy on their faces and the reaction to the announcement from their staff and supporters was great to see. Smiles, laughter, tears and hugs. A fantastic success!”

The team is now through to the national finals which will take place at The Emirates Stadium in London on July 6 and 7.