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Streetwise Team From Portsmouth School Are Young Consumer Champions 2011

A team of pupils from Portsmouth Grammar school have been crowned Young Consumers of the Year at a top national quiz competition in Bournemouth.

They beat off competition from across the country to take home the coveted title and the top prize of £1,000 for their school.

The runners-up were Boroughmuir School in Edinburgh, Crickelhowel School in Wales and St Albans School.

The ‘University Challenge’ style final tested the students’ consumer skills and knowledge and improved confidence in subject areas such as money and finance, government and the economy, safety and the environment, and consumer credit.

Young Consumers of the Year is a competition that involves hundreds of schools and youth groups from across the country that rise to the challenge to become the nation’s top young consumers of 2011.

Co-ordinated by the Trading Standards Institute, it invites teams of four aged between 14 and 18 years old to compete in a knock-out quiz that has links to several different areas of the national curriculum.

James Jones, head of consumer affairs for Experian, one of the competition’s regular sponsors said: ‘We are delighted to continue our support for Young Consumers of the Year. It has probably never been more important to help our young people develop the knowledge and skills they need to become smart, confident and responsible consumers. This competition enables us to reach thousands of youngsters up and down the country with helpful information about credit, credit reports and credit scoring, particularly the importance of establishing and maintaining a great credit history.’

Pictured holding the winner’s trophy aloft is the team from Portsmouth Grammar school. Left to right; Max Jewell, Will Morgan, Chris Hall and Jack Finnamore. Photographs and interviews of the winners are available on request.


The awards ceremony is at the Bournemouth International Conference Centre on Tuesday 21 June at 12.20pm

For further information, to attend the ceremony or to arrange an interview please contact the Trading Standards Institute press officer Lizi Piggins on 0845 6089430 or 07780 675815 or by email at

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 Consumer Direct, UK ECC and UK ECCS.

The Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2011

The national Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference and Exhibition 2011, 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 2011 Conference is being held at the Bournemouth International Centre from Tuesday 21 June to Thursday 23 June.

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

Please also contact the press office should you wish to organise any interviews.

The conference is hosted by TSI president Baroness Christine Crawley and TSI chairman Peter Heafield. 

Young Consumer of the Year Competition

How would you do?

The hundreds of schools participating in  the 2011 Young Consumers of the Year competition successfully answered questions on consumer rights, law, government and the economy, Europe and travel, financial capability and credit, money and finance, health and safety, social responsibility and the environment. Sample questions were: a) What facility found in fitness centres and salons is legally off limits to under 18’s? (Sun beds) b) What name is given to organic matter used to generate electricity? (Biomass)  c) What is the legal cooling off period following the purchase of an extended warranty? (45 days) d) What is the organisation CIFAS concerned with? (Fraud) e) Which two airlines merged in 2010 to form Europe’s third largest airline? (British Airways and Iberia) f) What type of food additive is used to aid the mixture of oil and water? (Emulsifier) g) If a qualifying employee is made redundant, what proportion of their redundancy pay is not taxable? (The first £30,000).

The competition is sponsored by Experian, The British Toy and Hobby Association, The Financial Ombudsman Service, Trading Standards Institute (TSI) College of Fellows and the Consumer Education Liaison Group.

The schools in the final were:  Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth (South East); Crickhowell High School, Powys (Wales); St Albans RC High School, Torfaen (Wales); Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh (Scotland); The Kingswinford School, Dudley (Midlands); Bolton School Girls Division, Bolton (Manchester); St Saviour’s Girls School, Southwark (London); Abbey Grange High School, Leeds (North England)