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Kent teenagers become national consumer champions 2010

A team from Kent beat off tough competition from schools from eight regions to become Young Consumers of the Year 2010.

 The four boys won the title at the Trading Standards Institute’s Conference in Edinburgh today, taking home the College of Fellows trophy, medals, £50 Argos gift vouchers and £50 Halfords vouchers each, plus £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 with heats taking place throughout the spring. 

The winning team – made up of team captain Craig Burns, Christopher Hewett, Ho Chung Law and Ben Parish, all 17 years olds from Chatham House Grammar School, beat last year’s champions Boroughmuir from Edinburgh, runners-up Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, from Carmarthenshire, and Arthur Terry School from Sutton Coldfield in the grand final.

Team captain Craig said: 'We didn’t expect to get this far, it has been amazing'.

Teacher Dave Burney applauded the efforts of his team saying: 'They worked hard to succeed in this competition that they have squeezed in in the middle of A-level revision and two A-level maths exams this week'.
He said it had been the most competitive and closest fought competition that they had ever been involved in.

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, nail-biting final with all four teams neck and neck until the very end - congratulations to Chatham House, very well done!’

Notes to Editors
For further information or to arrange an interview please contact the Trading Standards Institute press officer Irja Howie on 07780675815or by e-mail on

16 June 2010

The Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2010

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 2010 Conference is being held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from Tuesday 15 June to Thursday 17 June.
Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend but should contact the press office on 0845 608 9430 to arrange passes.
Please contact the press office should you wish to organise any interviews – an ISDN line is available for pre-booking.
The conference is hosted by TSI chairman David Sanders and the main sponsor is the Electrical Safety Council.

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

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 Consumer Direct, UK ECC and UK ECCS.