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Students across the Island are benefitting from financial backing provided by Island estate agency group, Hose Rhodes Dickson.

10 student teams from many Island schools and colleges are competing in the national Young Enterprise business competition. Teams compete against one another to launch and run the most successful proper business over a 7-month period.

Last year the team from Ryde Academy won the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Area Final, so Island teams have a good track record in this national competition.

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There is an entry cost for each team and long-time Young Enterprise supporters, Hose Rhodes Dickson, have stepped forward to fund each team entry.

Hose Rhodes Dickson Director, Jamie Busby, comments:

“We have seen the benefits that this programme brings to students and gives a taste of real business life. We have even actually recruited staff after seeing their contribution in this competition. We are delighted to help more students to get involved with this national competition.”

Delivery of the programme on the Island is organised by Ed-WISE, a charitable community benefits society whose aim is to increase the life chances of young people, on the Isle of Wight.

Chief Executive, David Thornton, comments:

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“This is the second year that Ed-WISE has organised the Young Enterprise Company Programme on the Island, and we have seen more teams added to the competition each year. This year is set to be incredibly exciting for those student teams.”

To know more about the Company Programme visit www.ed-wise.org.

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