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Schoolchildren in Worcestershire have learnt how to resolve business challenges at local heats of a national Business Games challenge.

Record numbers of schools competed at Sixways Stadium by coming up with innovative solutions to realistic business problems – with the help of mentors from organisations in the county.

The winning schools included Worcester College of Technology and Pershore High School.

Business mentors were provided by the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and Hays Recruitment, as well as legal professionals such as MFG Solicitors and accountancy firms Ballard Dale Syree Watson, Ormerod Rutter and Rabjohns.

Celia Adams, chairman of the Worcestershire Group of Chartered Accountants, organised the event, which aims to help encourage businesses engage with schools.

She said: "I think it is so important that we encourage ongoing communication between businesses and our young people.

"Enterprise events such as the Business Games help them to gain an understanding of what business is all about.

"While we have some fantastic teaching professionals that teach the theory of business, the Business Games provide an opportunity for schools to participate in business scenarios that are more in tune with the practical side of business."

Steven Jones, from Ballard Dale Syree Watson, was impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated by the students.

Mr Jones said: "It is such as competitive job market that employers not only want to recruit the best and brightest young talent in the academic sense, they also want something a bit extra.

"Qualities such as the ability to solve problems by applying innovative solutions and demonstrating entrepreneurial skills make potential job candidates far more employable."

The Games were devised to enable students to show their ability to 'think on their feet,' which is important in the business world.