Brighouse pupils are top of the class

The Unity Publishing team with Suzannah Carter (right) and Susan Smith (left).
The Unity Publishing team with Suzannah Carter (right) and Susan Smith (left).

Sixth form students from Brighouse High School were crowned Best Company of the Year at the Young Enterprise Company Programme West Yorkshire Area Two Final.

They also won the Best Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Best Social, Ethical and Environmental awards to complete a hat-trick of achievements.

The students’ company, Unity Publishing, the creator of Monty and The Grizzlies children book, a fun, yet educational story book, aims to help children learn about accepting others with differences.

The company, which consists of eleven year 12 students, worked in collaboration with an A level student and an aspiring writer, Francesca Broadbent to create the story.

The business is overseen by the project campaigner Suzannah Carter, associate senior leader of Brighouse High School, with the assistance of Susan Smith, young enterprise company programme’s business advisor and marketing manager of Brighouse based telecoms service provider Abzorb.

The team honed in on their entrepreneurial skills to create their first book whilst developing key skills including market research and used monies raised from fund raising events to complete the finished product. Over 200 books have already been sold to beat off stiff competition from three other teams to be the overall winners.

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 has been well worth it and we are looking forward to many more months of the programme to come.”

The team will compete at the Company Programme West Yorkshire County Final on May 11.