Youngsters from several schools across Chorley took part in an enterprise challenge to encourage business skills.

Pupils aged 13 and 14 from high schools got their thinking caps on to work in teams to create a new business idea and present it to a panel of industry experts.

The day-long event took place in the Lancastrian Suite, Chorley Town Hall, The teams, from Albany Academy, Southlands High School, Parklands High School, Holy Cross Catholic High School and St Michael’s CE High School, had to put together a business plan and marketing strategy for a new business that could potentially be set up in the newly developed retail units at the former McDonalds site on Market Street.

The budding entrepreneurs were given support and advice in their projects from a team of business professionals including accountant Jo Ecob from Abrams Ashton, graphic designer Jackie Williams from Primary Graphics Ltd and Chris Logan, RBS corporate banking director.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council and member of the judging panel, said: “These young people have done a fantastic job by coming up with business ideas that were not only extremely creative and unique but also realistic.”

Pupils from Holy Cross Catholic High School won with their idea of a traditional sweet shop selling all the traditional favourites along with Fairtrade, gluten-free and sugar-free alternatives.