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Northumberland pupils set for boardroom challenge

Andrew Haigh, Newcastle Building Society chief executive.
Andrew Haigh, Newcastle Building Society chief executive.

Children from two schools are looking to battle their way into a top business’ boardroom.

Year 5 pupils at Hareside Primary School in Cramlington and Morpeth’s Chantry Middle School are taking part in the seventh annual Newcastle Building Society Boardroom Charity Challenge.

Eight schools from across the north east have signed up for the challenge, which asks its young participants to develop business ideas that will both benefit their local community and also make a profit for a chosen good cause.

A top prize of £1,000 will go to the winning team to help them put their plans into action.

More than 2,000 young people from schools right across the region have so far taken part in the challenge.

Andrew Haigh, chief executive at the society, said: “Financial education has been a key focus for the society for many years and the Boardroom Charity Challenge gives us a wonderful opportunity every year to help hundreds of young people learn more about managing their money as well as possible.

“The energy, creativity and commitment of our young participants is always outstanding. We’re excited to see what new ideas will come out of this year’s challenge.”