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Teams from schools battle it out for the Young Consumers of the Year 2013 title

Teenagers from 8 schools from across the country are going head to head in the grand final of the Young Consumers of the Year Competition, taking place on Wednesday 18 June at the Trading Standards Institute’s consumer affairs and trading standards conference in Brighton.

The 8 teams of four 14 to 17-year-olds have made it to the big event of this national knockout consumer quiz after coming top in qualifying heats and regional finals.  The schools represented in Brighton for the University Challenge style final where they will be put through their paces by Quizmaster Terry Crook are:

The Kingswinford School – Dudley
Altrincham Grammar School for Boys – Trafford
Abbey Grange Academy - Leeds
Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School Federation - Kent
Central Foundation Boys School – Islington
Boroughmuir High School – Edinburgh
St. Albans RC High School - Torfaen
Brynteg Comprehensive School - Bridgend

Leon Livermore, chief executive at the Trading Standards Institute said: “We are really proud of the way this competition is getting teenagers in hundreds of schools all over the UK interested in consumer skills and knowledge that will help them start off their adult lives as informed and savvy consumers.
“The youngsters taking part are a real inspiration and I look forward to seeing the buzz of excitement we have around the final every year at Conference!”

James Jones, head of consumer affairs for Experian, the YCOY’s regular main sponsor, said: “We are delighted to support Young Consumers of the Year, which gives thousands of youngsters up and down the country the opportunity to swot up on important consumer issues and then put that knowledge to the test.
“It’s absolutely vital that we give our young people the knowledge and skills they need to develop into confident and successful consumers, particularly at a time when the financial landscape has probably never been so challenging.”


Notes to Editors:
The semi-finals and finals, which will culminate with an awards ceremony, will take place at The Brighton Centre on Wednesday 19 June at 9.30am.
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The winners of YCOY each receive a goody bag, a College of Fellows Trophy and £1,000 for their school.
Last year’s winners were from Altrincham Grammar School for Boys in Trafford and Abbey Grange CE Academy were runners up.

For further information, to attend the finals, to arrange an interview or to obtain photographs please contact the Trading Standards Institute press officer Irja Howie on 0845 6089430 or 07780 675815 or by email at

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Trading Standards Institute (TSI)
TSI is a training and membership organisation that has represented the interests of the Trading Standards profession since 1881 nationally and internationally.  We aim to raise the profile of the profession while working towards fairer, better informed and safer consumer and business communities.

TSI’s members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities and in businesses.  We are also supporting the delivery of initiatives such as the advice services Citizens Advice, UK ECC and UK ECCS.

The Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2013
The Trading Standards Institute’s annual trading standards and consumer affairs Conference and Exhibition is the leading consumer affairs and trading standards event in Europe. The 2013 Conference was at Brighton Centre from Tuesday 18 June to Thursday 20 June.

Some 1,500 people attended the conference, including representatives from local and central government and those interested in fair trading, representatives of business and commerce, together with consumer organisations.

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DATE: 17 June 2013