Team members in Ralph Thoresby School’s two LEAP Enterprise businesses have been treated to an ‘access all areas’ tour of Leeds Civic Hall by Lord Mayor, Councillor Gerry Harper.


The competition, now in its tenth year, sees students develop and build their own small businesses and both Qualitees Clothing and Aurum Jewellery performed exceptionally well in the early part of the competition.


At the Christmas Trade Fayre Qualitees, led by Y12 student Beth Bracewell, beat off competition from over thirty other teams and were recognised as ‘Best Business’ at the event. Councillor Harper was on hand to present the award and was so impressed by their efforts that he invited both groups to be his guests at the city’s council headquarters.


Mr Harper not only showed students around the council chamber, but explained the historic development of Leeds as a commercial hub and the integral role the city plays in both the regional and national economy. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions about how the business landscape has changed and how small businesses like their own can help to shape the future of the city.


Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, commented, ‘Ralph Thoresby School seeks to bring citizenship to life and it was a real privilege for our students to learn from the Lord Mayor, who has significant experience in local issues. The visit is provided an opportunity our students won’t forget.’


The competition will culminate in a glittering award ceremony in April where the overall annual champion will be announced. Before then, both teams will continue selling their products including at the Valentine’s Trade Fayre on Saturday 4th February (09:00-16:00) at Merrion Centre, Leeds.