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Young Business Writer of the Year competition

Young Business Writer of the Year competition

ifs School of Finance launches 2011 Young Business Writer of the Year Competition and asks teenagers if the economy needs rebalancing away from financial services

Financial education charity, the ifs School of Finance, today launched the 2011 ifs Young Business Writer of the Year competition.
This engaging competition is open to all school and college students aged between 14 and 19 and enables teenagers to test their writing skills by writing a 1,000 word article with the headline: “Does the UK economy need rebalancing away from financial services?”

As well as the title “ifs Young Business Writer of the Year”, the winner will also receive a £500 cash prize.
Every year the ifs Young Business Writer of the Year competition is judged by a business or finance journalist from a national newspaper. Past judges include James Daley from The Independent (2008), Peter Taylor, Daily Telegraph (2009) and Lisa Buckingham, Financial Mail on Sunday (2010). This year the competition will be judged by David Budworth of the Times.
David will be awarding marks for demonstrating research, evaluation, analysis and written argument skills as well as for overall reporting style.
David said, “I am delighted to be judging the next ifs Young Business Writer of the Year competition, especially given the relevance of the topic. I am looking forward to reading the different views that teenagers might have about what is clearly a big issue for everyone today.”

Rod McKee, Head of Financial Capability at the ifs School of Finance, added;
“The competition helps improve writing standards in general, assists in fostering an interest in business and finance and also encourages students to think about what is a very important issue, especially given the current debate around financial services.”

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Anyone aged between 14 and 19 who wishes to enter the competition simply has to e-mail their article (which must not exceed 1,000 words) to ybwy@ifslearning.ac.uk between now and the competition closing date of Monday, 24 January 2011.
To learn more about the ifs Young Business Writer of the Year 2011 competition please visit,
http://www.ifslearning.ac.uk/FinancialCapability/YoungBusinessWriteroftheYear.aspx

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