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School entrepreneurs win business prize

PUBLISHED: 15:39 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 13 July 2010

ENTERPRISING schoolboys David Prosser and Alex McBroom have earned themselves and their school a tidy sum in a young business competition.

The Stalham High School pupils scooped top prize of £1,750 in the Business Class contest, run by Radio Norwich with Barclays Bank, where they had to hatch and nurture a money-making enterprise.

ENTERPRISING schoolboys David Prosser and Alex McBroom have earned themselves and their school a tidy sum in a young business competition.

The Stalham High School pupils scooped top prize of £1,750 in the Business Class contest, run by Radio Norwich with Barclays Bank, where they had to hatch and nurture a money-making enterprise.

David, 15, assisted by 14-year-old Alex, launched DH Prosser Enterprises, ordering discounted memory cards and other accessories for mobile phones from the internet.

He sold them on to classmates at less than they cost in shops, but keeping a cut for the business.

The boys were interviewed on the radio several times as they developed the idea, supported by David Young, of Barclays.

“It's something to occupy me which is interesting, fun and makes some money,” said David, who also scooped a prize in a contest last summer for young Norfolk entrepreneurs, judged by Paul Whittome from The Hoste Arms, in Burnham Market.

David and the rest of the Stalham High team worked on a rebranding project to promote the use of the Barn at Scottow's Three Horseshoes pub as a wedding venue.

The school won the teamwork prize while David and fellow pupil Jack Edwards earned a special award for impressing Mr Whittome with their audacity and cheekiness when approaching potential customers.

David doesn't confine his entrepreneurship to school time. With his dad's help, he also sells guitar leads and plectrums on the internet from home.

He will be keeping £500 of the prize and Alex, who conducted market research for the idea, will have £250. The rest will be used in school to develop the project and help others launch enterprising schemes.

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