TEN YEARS AGO: Entrepreneurial Boston students to represent UK at European trade fair

This group of teenagers from a Boston school were getting set to represent the UK on the continent 10 years ago.
Tapping into the European market ... Pictured (back, fromleft) Jack Boyfield, 17, of Fishtoft, Edward Spenceley, 16, of Donington, Krishna Ramana, 17, of Boston, and Giorgio Kerman-Fiore, 16, of Boston, (front) Evie Kerman-Fiore, 17, of Boston, Biancha-Jade Pennington, 16, of Boston, Naomi Omokhodion, 17, of Sibsey, and Lucy Kerrigan, 16, of Boston.Tapping into the European market ... Pictured (back, fromleft) Jack Boyfield, 17, of Fishtoft, Edward Spenceley, 16, of Donington, Krishna Ramana, 17, of Boston, and Giorgio Kerman-Fiore, 16, of Boston, (front) Evie Kerman-Fiore, 17, of Boston, Biancha-Jade Pennington, 16, of Boston, Naomi Omokhodion, 17, of Sibsey, and Lucy Kerrigan, 16, of Boston.
Tapping into the European market ... Pictured (back, fromleft) Jack Boyfield, 17, of Fishtoft, Edward Spenceley, 16, of Donington, Krishna Ramana, 17, of Boston, and Giorgio Kerman-Fiore, 16, of Boston, (front) Evie Kerman-Fiore, 17, of Boston, Biancha-Jade Pennington, 16, of Boston, Naomi Omokhodion, 17, of Sibsey, and Lucy Kerrigan, 16, of Boston.

The students had started a business called Language Lincs, which beat off competition from six other student-run companies from the East Midlands to book its place at the event in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The company was one of 129 being run in the East Midlands through the Young Enterprise scheme.

The young entrepreneurs from the South End site impressed judges at a regional competition in Melton Mowbray with their product – a range of foreign language books for five-10-year-olds, each one accompanied by a rag doll in the colours of the respective country’s national flag.

Managing director Evie Kerman-Fiore, 17, said: “We are just glad our hard work has paid off. This just feels like a reward for all of our hard work.”

The group would be setting up stall at the European trade fair, also run through Young Enterprise, in March. They were thought to be one of only two UK companies taking part in the event.

The group hoped the business’s language-based product would find a natural home at the event.

“We’re really excited,” Evie said. “It will be nice to see the other companies from around the world.”