YOUNG entrepreneurs have been crowned the best in West Lancashire after setting up a free community magazine.
Our Blackpool, created and funded by six Arnold School pupils, was sent to 10,000 businesses as part of the Young Enterprise competition.
Their idea was to form a new magazine supplying readers with informative articles on the environment and make a profit by allowing businesses to advertise inside.
Our Blackpool managing director Issa Patel, 17, said: “It was a great achievement and we couldn’t have done it without the businesses who helped us.
“We decided to write articles which related to the community, about health and the environment and offered companies adverts.”
The team spent weeks researching the product and lobbied businesses throughout the Fylde coast to raise the £1,000 needed to make the magazine.
Issa added: “We started ringing companies in October then in November we published the first issue after getting inspiration from a community magazine in the area.
“We had a day of going into shops to meet businesses face-to-face, but they weren’t very interested, so we decided do it over the phone and got more success from that.”
The pupils will now go forward into the next stage of the competition – the North West Regional Finals at The Concorde Suite, Manchester Airport, on June 21.
Sue Donald, head of Business Education at Arnold School, said: “We have won the Fylde coast competition for the last two years and we are delighted to have won the overall prize.”