Budding young journalists invited to write about UK economy & financial services

Following the launch of ifs’s Young Business Writer of the Year competition, local MP Jo Swinson has urged young constituents in East Dunbartonshire to enter the national writing competition to share their views about the British economy.

The ifs competition, operated by a financial education charity, is open to those aged 14-19 from all schools and colleges around the UK, and invites teenagers to test their writing skills with a 1,000 word news article headlined, “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. Commenting, Jo Swinson said:

“This competition achieves two valuable goals – encouraging young people to think about business and finance and helping to foster an interest in writing. Therefore I encourage all teenagers in East Dunbartonshire to participate and wish them every success with their entries.”

Rod McKee, Head of Financial Capability at the ifs School of Finance, added:

“We are very pleased that Jo Swinson has highlighted some of the benefits of this popular competition and urged her young constituents to submit an entry. Issues relating to the state of the economy and the financial services industry in particular can be complex and contentious, so it will be interesting to read local teenagers’ views.”

Anyone aged between 14 and 19 who would like to enter the competition simply has to e-mail their article (which must not exceed 1,000 words) to[email protected] between now and the competition closing date of Monday 24 January 2011. For more information please visit www.financialcapability.co.uk

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