A company created by a group of Oldham pupils has been crowned North West company of the year.

Oldham Hulme Grammar School students came together to form the winning company Peckish, which created and sold children’s recipe cookbooks, as part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme, supported by Oldham Enterprise Trust and HSBC UK.

Peckish won Best Overall Company at the North West Young Enterprise Regional Final on May 18 which saw 10 teams from the region submit a company report, a formal interview and present to a large audience.

As part of the competition the pupils made all the decisions regarding the business, from deciding the company name and product, to creating a business plan, managing their finances, and selling their products.

The companies were judged by a panel, who also awarded Marketing, Innovation, Customer Service, Best Presentation, Sustainability and Creativity Awards to students from various North West Schools.

Sharon Davies, chief executive of Young Enterprise, the national charity behind the awards, said: “Reaching the Company Programme national final represents an inspirational journey with many months of hard work, teamwork, creativity and resilience; congratulations Peckish.

“The experience and skills students from every team will have developed will stay with them for many years to come and will make a tangible difference to their futures. Students have shown particular resilience this year by continuing with their product development and sales despite school closures”.

Ian Stuart, chief executive of HSBC UK, said: “As businesses large and small are facing new and unprecedented challenges to meet the needs of their customers and wider stakeholders, it’s more important than ever that we support and nurture young, innovative entrepreneurs across Britain.

“The resilience and leadership shown by year’s cohort of Company Programme finalists is inspiring, and we look forward to their continuing success in the months and years to come.”