BUDDING entrepreneurs from 24 schools in County Durham met to develop their latest business ideas.
The meeting at the Rivergreen Centre, Aykley Heads, was the second stage of the Future Business Magnates competition in which teams of 12- and 13-year-old pupils work with a business mentor to promote their business idea.
One of the challenges in this year’s competition is to come up with an idea which can work not just in this country but also around the world.
Future Business Magnates is run by Business Durham, the business arm of Durham County Council.
Councillor Neil Foster, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The competition moves from strength to strength each year.
“It is now an integral part of the council’s programme of support designed to help produce a workforce equipped with the skills needed for modern business.”