Pupils right to pin their hopes on printing help
WHEN budding business leaders from Balcarras School in Cheltenham asked the Bigger Printing Co for help, managing director Seb Stanley didn't hesitate.
The nine six formers were vying for the winners' trophy in the Gloucestershire Young Enterprise competition and needed some printing done for their trade stand.
Seb, whose company in Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham, specialises in large-format printing, took their designs and produced six premium-quality PVC banners on a high-tech large-format digital printer.
Their joint efforts paid off – the Balcarras team won the top prize at the Spirax Sarco Gloucestershire Young Enterprise Trade Exhibition.
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The students' MD Shivani Kotecha, 16, said: "We found Seb and the Bigger Printing Co on the internet, came here on a visit, and he was really helpful. The artwork looked totally amazing." .
For Seb Stanley, it was a pleasure to work with such an enthusiastic team.
"I was really excited about it because they put such a lot of effort into the project and they really wanted to win. They deserved to have businesses helping them."
The Year 12 pupils called their company Hippocampus. Their winning product was a USB memory stick, called a U-Pin, which can be attached to fabrics with a giant safety pin.
"One of our group lost her memory stick and had to do all her French course work again," said Shivani.
"We did some research and discovered that more than 200,000 USB sticks are lost in the UK each year, so we reckon there's a market for a memory stick you can't lose."
As well as Shivani, the rest of the The Hippocampus team was Sophie Collins, Josie McCarthy, Ella Mason, Georgi Weaver, Tasha Watmore, Ed Johnson, Andy Crossley and Jonny White.