July 2018: Mechanical pencil is pitched to stationery giants

INDUSTRIOUS students were tasked to design the latest stationery craze and pitch it to designers as part of the final of the annual Ryman National Enterprise Challenge at The International Centre in Telford.

George Rostron, 15, said: “We had a heat in school and our idea was picked as the best out of all the Year 10s.”

A team of six went forward to Telford having created posters and an advert that they acted out in front of three judges.

Lottie Hargreaves, 15, said: “We came up with the idea of a mechanical pencil that as you used up the lead, it dispensed sweets. We were selling the concept to the judges.”

In total 160 schools were represented in the final and only 10 got to present the ‘next big thing’ to the final judges including Ryman owner, former TV dragon, Theo Paphitis. Unfortunately the Haslingden High pencil was not picked as one of the 10.