Trading Standards Information and Advice: Quiz whiz kids wanted for consumer competition

Pupils in East Sussex are being asked to take part in a national consumer competition that could lead to prizes for them and cash for their school.

Young Consumers of the Year involves hundreds of schools across the UK, with students being tested on their knowledge of consumer issues including consumer rights, finance, food, health, safety, the environment and Europe.

The team with the top consumer credentials who go on to win the national final next year will win prizes and gain their school a £1,000 cash bonus. Organised locally by East Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards team, the competition is open to secondary school and college teams of four - from years 10, 11 and 12.

Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Economy, Transport & Environment at the County Council said: “Young Consumers of the Year is both fun and educational and gives our students a practical understanding of their consumer rights. The University Challenge style quiz tests the pupils on their knowledge of commercial current affairs and their rights and responsibilities when buying or selling goods and services.”

Winners of each East Sussex heat will go through to the regional final to be held in Eastbourne. They will join teams from all over the south east region and will battle for a place in the national final to be held in Manchester in June next year.

Secondary schools and colleges in East Sussex that want to take part must register their interest by January 13th 2012. For more information about entering or sponsoring the event please contact Sophia Mohns at Trading Standards on Eastbourne (01323) 463457.

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