Sixth formers at Brighouse High School are bidding to be the best in the business.
A team of students set up a company called Unity Publishing to create a children’s book called Monty and the Grizzlies which aims to help youngsters learn about accepting others with differences.
Now their efforts have earned them a place in the Yorkshire finals of the Young Enterprise Company Programme which will be held on Thursday, June 9.
The team has already landed a hat-trick of awards in the area finals in Leeds earlier this month when Unity Publishing was named best company of the year and took the trophies for innovation and entrepreneurship and social, ethical and environmental.
Unity Publishing, which consists of 11 Year 12 students, worked in collaboration with A-Level student and aspiring writer Francesca Broadbent to create the story.
The business was overseen by Suzannah Carter, associate senior leader at Brighouse High School, with help from Susan Smith, Young Enterprise Company Programme’s business adviser and marketing manager of Brighouse-based telecoms service provider Abzorb.
The students created their first book while developing key skills including market research and used the proceeds of several fundraising events to complete the finished product. More than 200 books have already been sold.
Student Ellie-Mae Turner, Unity Publishing’s managing director, said: “We are thrilled to have won our awards and especially as overall winners. This just shows our hard work since September has been well worth it and we are looking forward to many more months of the programme to come.”
Suzannah said: “The students’ achievement is a reflection of their efforts and how far they have come in just a short space of time. We are very proud of the students and what a credit they are to themselves and to Brighouse sixth form.”