The next Alan Sugar? Teenager named UK’s top business student

(L-R) Proud Mother Ellen Fishwick, winning student Kirsty Fishwick and lecturer Jill Campbell.
(L-R) Proud Mother Ellen Fishwick, winning student Kirsty Fishwick and lecturer Jill Campbell.
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A TEENAGER is heading for success after being chosen as the country’s top business student.

Kirsty Fishwick will travel to London to pick up her award after being selected as 2013 National BTEC Business Student of the Year.

The 19-year-old, who studies at East Durham College on the Peter Jones Enterprise course, was put forward for the award by course leader Jill Campbell, and beat off competition from 750 applicants from across the UK to win the award.

They will travel to London next month for the National BTEC Awards ceremony, and will attend a Parliamentary reception and lunch at the House of Lords.

“I was really proud when Jill put me forward for the award,” said Kirsty, from Peterlee. “But I knew it was going to be hard to be selected because of the sheer number of applicants.

“I still can’t believe that I have been selected as the winner. I have worked really hard over the last year and this is a huge achievement to round it off.

“I can’t wait to go to the House of Lords to collect it.”

Jill said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Kirsty and one she thoroughly deserves. To win the award out of 750 nominations shows how brilliant a student Kirsty is, and I’m sure it will be a fantastic occasion when she goes to London to collect the award.”

Kirsty’s mother Ellen Fishwick said: “I’m so proud that she’s won this award. It is fantastic to see Kirsty’s work recognised ahead of so many other nominations.

“Enrolling on the Peter Jones Enterprise course has completely changed Kirsty’s direction. She has thoroughly enjoyed it.”