Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service

Watch Out Rogue Traders – Schools get Smart!!

Schools across West Yorkshire have proved that their pupils are consumers who know their stuff! The Trading Standards Service runs an annual Young Consumer of the Year Competition in which 14-17 year olds are quizzed on subjects such as money & finance and consumer & legal issues. West Yorkshire Trading Standards in Morley hosted District Heats last week. The knock out style quiz saw some close competition between the schools involved.

The under 18-age group are a young but important consumer group whose importance will only develop in the coming years. The Young Consumer Competition provides a fun and entertaining way of effectively improving the level of consumer awareness and practical knowledge amongst school leavers.

The winners of the District Heats were:

St John Fisher School were the best runners up and will join these 5 winners at the Regional Final.

Each winning school received £100 cheque and each winning pupil £10.

All students involved in the District Heats received a goody bag of gifts thanks to generous sponsorship. CCL Computers will donate a multi media computer to the school whose students show the most effort and enthusiasm during the competition.

Congratulations go out to the successful teams. The winners will compete in the Regional Final, which will start at 4pm on Tuesday 25th March, at the Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield. The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Margaret Bates will attend the Regional Final. The winning school at the Regional Final will be crowned West Yorkshire Young Consumers of the Year 2003 and will go on to represent the region in the National Finals in Edinburgh this summer as part of the Trading Standards Institute’s Annual conference.

Councillor Graham Clarke, Chairman of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Committee said “This Competition is a fun way of learning important life skills and picking up great prizes along the way. This year’s pupils have impressed Trading Standards staff with their knowledge and enthusiasm.”

For further information contact: -

Suzanne Kenny: Education & Promotions Officer- 0113 383 6431

Graham Hebblethwaite: General Media Contact- 0113 289 8218

Notes to Editors:

1. Photographs from the competition are available on request and can be emailed.
2. Wakefield Schools taking part were Ackworth School, Crofton School and Ossett School
3. Bradford Schools taking part were Bingley Grammar, Hanson School, Laisterdyke High and Salt Grammar
4. Calderdale: Due to a last minute withdrawal of a team, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe School tested their wits against a Trading Standards Team (and won!)
5. Leeds Schools taking part were Abbey Grange CE School, Garforth Community College and Rodillian School
6. Kirklees Schools were Colne Valley High, Holmfirth High, St John Fisher Catholic School and Westborough School
7. Sponsors were CCL Computers, Validate UK, Boots, Bradford Ice Arena, Coca Cola, Fox’s, Grattan, Hollywood Bowl, McDonalds, Puma, Safeway, Umbro, CineWorld, Ster Century Cinemas, Halifax Ski and Snowboard Centre, Poundstretcher, Staples