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Bright youngsters show enterprise

PUBLISHED: 21:00 16 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

EVER cursed when the sun is shining and the washing is out – and from nowhere it has suddenly rained?

Well, one group of sixth formers from a Suffolk high school found that they have the answer and have developed a rain warning system.

EVER cursed when the sun is shining and the washing is out – and from nowhere it has suddenly rained?

Well, one group of sixth formers from a Suffolk high school found that they have the answer and have developed a rain warning system.

And their invention has seen them go through to the Suffolk County Finals of the nationwide Young Enterprise competition.

The pupils from Stowupland High School, near Stowmarket, under the business name of Aztech, have already been inundated with orders for their new invention.

Last month they walked away with the second place shield from the Suffolk Eastern Area Finals and tonight will see them pitting their wits at the Young Enterprise County Finals.

Huw Davies is personnel director in the eight strong team, who have been working for about three months on the design.

He said: "People have said to us that it winds them up when it has started raining and they have not noticed.

"They need something to tell them it is raining."

For anyone who has ever tried to do three (or even four) things at once, it must be every busy person's dream.

When the alarm sounds or the lights flash you can stop what you are doing and get the washing in, put the roof down on the car, or even get the garden chairs in.

Apart from 17-year-old Huw, the remainder of the business group is made up of 16-year-old Justin Elliot (managing director), Tom Maccreesh (finance director), Robert Southin (research and development director), Robert Davidson (secretary), Robert Catton (ICT director), his twin brother Andy Catton (operations director) and James Winters (Marketing Director), who are all 17.

They were given a helping hand by the schools link teacher Owen Claxton who acted as their business advisor.

To raise funds for their business, the group bought up second hand revision books and sold them on to people in lower years.

Although by the rules of the Young Enterprise competition the business has to fold at the end of the school year, the group has been so successful they are hoping to restart it when they leave school.

Huw said: "It has shown us how far having an idea can get you these days."


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