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Edinburgh teenagers become national consumer champions 2009

A team from Borough Muir High School beat off tough competition from schools from 10 regions to become Young Consumers of the Year 2009.

The four boys were declared winners of the Trading Standards Institute on Wednesday 01 July, taking home the College of Fellows trophy, medals, £50 gift vouchers each, and £1,000 and multimedia equipment for their school.

Hundreds of schools from across the country entered this year's competition to find Britain's best-informed young consumers. Heats took place through the spring, fighting for a space as finalists at the Trading Standards Conference in Brighton.

The winning team - made up of Scott Duncan, aged 16, Malcolm Perry, aged 17, Cameron Roscoe, aged 16 and Ruaridh Beveridge, aged 16, beat Chatham House Grammar School, in Kent, Kingswinford School, in Dudley and Bedwas High School, in Caerphilly, in the grand final.

Ruaridh Beveridge said: ‘We were one question away from being dropped off in the semi-finals, so we really had no confidence after that that we would win it. The questions were really tough as well in the final and it was a tight final. We can't believe we won!’

The boys were all 'chuffed' to have won and were particularly excited as they will be able to spend the money on their 6th form common room.

Teacher Brian Beatty said:’I am very proud, they did so well. Last year we came second - being first is much better!’

Young Consumers of the Year, organised by TSI, offers young people the chance to show their awareness of their environment, and their ability to be streetwise about what they eat, what they buy and how they manage their money.

TSI chief executive Ron Gainsford said: 'It is fantastic to see so many young people take part in this event - they will have all have gained important knowledge and awareness which will stay with them for life.

'In today's increasingly complex markets it is more and more important for consumers to know about their rights and responsibilities to stand up for themselves and to make informed decisions.

'It was a very exciting final with two teams neck and neck until the very end - congratulations to Borough Muir School, very well done!'

Notes to Editors

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The Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2009

The national Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2009, organised by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is a 'must' for consumer journalists!

The TSI-hosted annual Conference and Exhibition is the leading consumer affairs and trading standards event in Europe.

The 2009 Conference is being held at the Brighton Centre from Tuesday 30 June to Thursday 02 July. The conference press office will be open from 9am on Monday 29 June (the day before the event starts) until 5pm on Thursday 02 July.

Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend but should contact the press office on 0845 608 9430 to arrange passes.

The conference is hosted by TSI chairman Peter Denard.

Some 3,000 people are attending the conference, including representatives from local and central government and those interested in fair trading, representatives of business and commerce, together with consumer organisations. This makes it an ideal place for consumer affairs journalists to mingle and make contacts!

Trading Standards Institute

The Trading Standards Institute has represented the interests of Trading Standards professionals for 120 years. We have a long and proud history of ensuring that the views of our members are well represented at the highest level of government, both nationally and internationally.

Our aim is to promote excellence and enhance the professionalism of our members in support of empowering and informing consumers, encouraging and working with honest businesses, targeting rogue traders and rogue trading practices and contributing to the health, welfare and wellbeing of citizens and communities.

TSI members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities in response to 2 million consumer and business complaints and enquiries each year. They also support the delivery of new initiatives such as Consumer Direct, providing first point of contact practical consumer advice.

They also work in the business, consumer and central government sectors in promoting and influencing the safety, prosperity and enhancement of individuals and markets with a dependency on effective and professional trading standards contributions and interventions.