FIVE young business students at an Ellesmere Port college won an Apprentice-style challenge.

In a competition set by Chester motor company ACF Car Finance, the group, aged 16-18, beat two other teams of fellow-students with their ideas to create a business which could clean-up in the local car valetting market.

All 15 youngsters from West Cheshire College, who are studying for a business diploma, were taking part in the Outstanding Business Student Award, organised by ACF Car Finance.

Now in its third year, the scheme aims to bring out students’ entrepreneurial skills by asking them to research, set up and profitably manage a fantasy business based in Ellesmere Port.

This year’s theme was car valetting – and it was the polished ideas put forward by the group called Finishing Touch that shone most brightly.

All five members were awarded a Kindle eReader, while others taking part each received a £15 gift card to spend in a computer store.

As part of their research earlier this year, the 15 students spent a day behind the scenes at the headquarters of ACF Car Finance, Chester Business Park.

Their plans were presented in a boardroom play-off at ACF Car Finance to a panel led by a course tutor from West Cheshire College, and David Challinor, managing director of The Funding Corporation, parent company of ACF Car Finance.

In addition to their prizes, two outstanding students among the 15 – Richard Fleming and Yonia Gonzalez-Torres – were offered work experience at the company as part of their college course.

The five Finishing Touch winners were Josh McClure, Richard Fleming, Fatma Gonen, Sophie Parker and Agata Dabkowska.