Quintet from The Priory School in Hitchin carry off three Young Enterprise Company Programme awards for Unbranded portable phone charger

Alfie Pyper, Georgia Head and Jamie Milne from Hitchin's Priory School with their Unbranded phone ch

Alfie Pyper, Georgia Head and Jamie Milne from Hitchin's Priory School with their Unbranded phone charger stall. - Credit: Archant

A team of enterprising Hitchin teenagers have created a portable phone charger business which won three awards on Tuesday.

Alfie Pyper, Georgia Head and Jamie Milne from Hitchin's Priory School with their Unbranded phone ch

Alfie Pyper, Georgia Head and Jamie Milne from Hitchin's Priory School with their Unbranded phone charger. - Credit: Archant

The Priory School quintet set up phone charger firm Unbranded as part of a young enterprise project.

Their portable charger, just a little larger than a credit card, is already on sale in North Herts.

They won best trade stand, best presentation and overall company of the year at the regional final of the Young Enterprise Company Programme in Welwyn on Tuesday, and will now go on to the county final at the University of Herts in April.

There were also three prizes for students from Baldock’s Knights Templar School students on Tuesday, and two for Stevenage’s Lonsdale School, which caters for those with special needs.

The Unbranded phone charger, created by students at the Priory School in Hitchin.

The Unbranded phone charger, created by students at the Priory School in Hitchin. - Credit: Archant

The Unbranded charger costs £10, holds 150 per cent of a phone’s battery, and works with both Android and Apple devices thanks to an in-built adaptor.

“We’re all first-timers so this is a completely new experience, but it came together very quickly,” said managing director Georgia Head.

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“We started in the school, then reached out to local businesses. They’re selling it at Brookers in Hitchin and Stevenage.”

IT manager Ben Hankin said: “We got some strong feedback on it from the phone network EE, and good pointers in other areas too. That’s what this whole programme is about, it’s for us to learn business.”

To find out more about their project visit unbranded.xyz.

Knights Templar’s Clip ‘n’ Grip team, made up of seven students aged 16 and 17, won the endeavour award for a plastic cover they created to stop the ends of a phone charger fraying.

Simplistik, made up of nine sixth-formers from Knights Templar, designed a versatile sticky pad to go on a car dashboard and hold cash or a phone, and won awards for company administration and innovation.

Lonsdale School’s Teen Gener8 squad won the award for teamwork and communication, as well as the social, ethical and environmental prize.

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