A business selling dissolvable drinking straws made from sugar saw Liverpool Hope students reach the finals of a prestigious national awards for the second year running.
Judges at the National Young Enterprise Awards were so impressed by the Hope team’s ‘Sweet Sips’ concept that they made them runners-up, narrowly missing out on being overall winners.
'Sweet Sips', led by Managing Director Hannah Houghton, has already attracted significant national and international corporate interest.
The concept, inspired by the global response to plastic pollution, also won the Young Enterprise National Business Sustainability Award, sponsored by Lyreco; a global office supplies firm who are committed to sustainability.
Once the Hope Business School students behind ‘Sweet Sips’ have finished their forthcoming exams they will aim to become fully investment ready, attract sponsors and secure the Intellectual Property Rights on their products.
“To put on the performance and presentation that they gave showed them to be a very, very good example to others, including several leading international organisations, about the calibre of student within your University," said the National Coordinator of Young Enterprise.