Swansea pupils have won through to the finals of a top business competition
YOUNGSTERS at two Swansea schools have sealed their place in the final of a top business contest thanks to their innovative skills.
Pupils from across the city were at the Liberty Stadium yesterday afternoon battling it out in a semi-final heat of the Youth Business Dragons contest.
The competition was closer than ever this year and was rated as the best by judges in the third year of the event.
The Swansea semi-final winners were Bishopston and Pentrehafod Comprehensive Schools.
Pentrehafod pupils came up with the idea of hiring out Segways — electrical scooters used in pedestrian areas — near the proposed site for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon and along the front in Mumbles.
And Bishopston pupils impressed with the idea of introducing a London Eye in Swansea Bay complete with waterproof pods so it could go under the sea.
Sue Poole, enterprise education manager at Gower College Swansea, said the competition this year was the toughest yet.
Mrs Poole said: "Our judges have been involved for the last three years and they said this year was the best year yet.
"There were some good business ideas that could be set up and run.
"We were surprised at the level."
She added: "There was one point between five of the groups."
Mrs Poole said that pupils at Ffynone House School also put forward an impressive pitch for creating natural face products from sea salt and a type of seaweed from Swansea Bay to sell.
Mrs Poole added: "It came down to how the product could be scaled up and the potential to take the business forward and also how it could bring a lot of tourism into Swansea as well."
The judging panel was made up of representatives from sponsors Carillion, Lloyds TSB, independent judge Pam Berry, Mitch Theaker, Swansea Council cabinet member for opportunities for young people, and former Lib Dem cabinet member for education Mike Day.
The final stage of the competition will take place at the Liberty Stadium on November 19 during Enterprise Week.
For full picture coverage of the semi-finals, see tomorrow's Evening Post.