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Stanground College student Alannah Di Cataldo has her place set at the boardroom table, according to Young Enterprise judges.

The seventeen-year-old beat off competition from rival 'companies' to win the coveted title of Managing Director of the Year in the Peterborough Young Enterprise Awards 2002.

"It taught me a great deal about how a business should be run and yet it was really good fun at the same time," said Alannah, whose prize was an electronic diary/organiser from sponsor Anne Corder Recruitment.

Alannah's 10-minute presentation about her collegeıs company Oxygen is what finally clinched it for her, according to judge Anne Corder.

"This yearıs presentations were of a very high standard. Alannah was an exceptional student and obviously has a real head for business. We hope that she and all those who took part in Young Enterprise will have got a real taste for business and the experience will help them when considering their own career prospects in the future."

Alannah was among scores of regional students aged between 15 and 19 who spent the last year learning about the world of business first hand. Each participating school or college set up and ran their own company.

At Stanground College, the students' company Oxygen sold a range of jewellery and cards to fellow students and to visitors at the Young Enterprise trade fairs. They kept their own accounts, held boardroom meetings and found themselves discussing typical issues which affect all businesses - they even made a tidy profit at the end of their operating year!

Development Manager for Young Enterprise, Nicola Bradley, said: "The aim is to whet studentsı appetites and let them find out for themselves the reality of running a company, the pitfalls, not just the successes.

"This year's participating schools and colleges have worked extremely hard and the results reflect this. Our thanks must go to the schools themselves, their Young Enterprise link teachers and businesses across Greater Peterborough who continue to support the Young Enterprise venture."

June 2002

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