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Schools and colleges from South Yorkshire are being challenged to put their business brains to the test by taking part in this year’s Umph! enterprise competition.

The contest is the brainchild of business advice and accountancy group Grant Thornton and sees teams from across Yorkshire pit their wits against each other using the award-winning SimVenture business simulation software.

Students taking part will also have the chance to take part in workshops with Yorkshire entrepreneurs, including Mark Fletcher, chief executive of online global sports network Pitchero; entrepreneurial chef Matthew Benson-Smith; Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive and former Johnsons Cleaners and Prontaprint chief Gary Verity and Card Factory founder Dean Hoyle.

In addition to collecting the 2012 Umph! Trophy, each member of the winning team will receive their own iPad.

Sandra O’Neill, head of business development at Grant Thornton, said: “Last year’s contest was a hotbed of enthusiasm and creative energy. It was brilliant to see the students having the chance to put their business skills to the test. Solving real-life business problems, as the teams do on the day, gives an important extra dimension to young people’s knowledge and academic learning.

“We were delighted when, as a result of the competition, Andy Hobson, owner of Fantastic Media, spotted the talent of two of the students, offering them both a work placement, which is a great result.”

Schools, sixth form and FE colleges can enter this year’s contest online at