BUSINESS-MINDED young people who took on the Enterprise Challenge were rewarded at a glittering awards ceremony in Bournemouth.

More than 200 people were in attendance to see honours handed out to young people from seven secondary schools who formed a variety of companies for the challenge.

The Mayors of both Bournemouth and Poole attended the event, held at the Life Centre in Moordown.

Youngsters from Bournemouth School, Bournemouth School for Girls, Ferndown Upper, QE, Parkstone Grammar, St Edward’s and the Bishop of Winchester Academy went into business between October and January.

They were divided into mixed teams who met up weekly with their mentors from local businesses.

The overall winners were a team made up of students from Bournemouth School for Girls and Ferndown Upper.

Judges were impressed with their invention – a plant pot which can be decorated with chalks – and were delighted to hear how they had sold many items.

Student of the Year was Olivia Powis from QE School in Wimborne and Leila Willingham from St Edward’s was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

A total of 25 awards were given out following the challenge, which was sponsored by Bournemouth University and open to young people between the ages of 14 and 17.