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Spring Fair winners announced

Budding entrepreneurs from Leyton Sixth Form College and Newham Sixth Form College take home cash prizes

The winners of this year's Spring Fair competition have been announced, with Leyton Sixth Form College students taking two of the top prizes.

Les GripAspiring entrepreneurs from schools across London, as well as Middlesex University students, were invited to submit a business plan for an idea, product or service for a chance to hold a stall at the University's first Spring Fair, which took place at the Hendon campus on Friday 17 April.

The winning entries were given £250 to develop their idea in order to create their goods to sell on the day.

In the schools and colleges category, Leyton Sixth Form College students Shaniqua Allen, Naomi Lebe, Sahara Williams and Eleona Wai from Newham Sixth Form College – collectively known as Les Grip – were announced as this year's winners with Leyton Sixth Form College student Fagne Fabio Da Costa named runner up.  Les Grip fashioned unique handmade clutch bags, whilst second place clothing brand designer Fagne developed his own label 'LVCX' including t shirts and jumpers.

Third prize went to St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College student Tasnima Hannan who created eye catching henna design products.

The winners will receive a cash prize of up to £300 to be reinvested back into their new businesses as well as mentoring from the University's Enterprise Development Hub (EDH), a student service set up to provide support and encouragement for business start-ups, self-employed and entrepreneurial students.

Fagne Fabio Da CostaThe winner of the Middlesex student's category went to Psychology student Milana Shameez, who created greeting cards, whilst Sociology with Criminology student Louise Marquis who sold her handmade jewellery took second place.  Crochet designer and Business Management student Anna Vasileiou came third.

Middlesex University Education Liaison and Outreach Manager Elita Eliades-Ahmed said: "Opportunities for investing in students to develop and sell products are extremely rare, so we are pleased to have offered this new platform and inspire entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

"Each student created, made, provided and sold their own products, which included some truly unique designs, and impressed the judges.  Congratulations to all those that entered and showcased their work, and a special well done to the winners on the day."

Image credits, from top: Les Grip showcase their unique bags; Fagne Fabio Da Costa models one of his designs

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