Two entrepreneurs on a mission to transform recruitment for school leavers were crowned the inaugural winners of the Baldwins Kick Start Young Entrepreneurs Award.

Christos Orthodoxou, from Tile Hill, and Anisa Haghdadi, 23, from Kings Norton, received a £10,000 cash grant plus £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice from Baldwins to further advance the development of their Class Careers firm.

The company connects school leavers aged 16-19 directly to employers through live links streamed from offices to school classrooms across the country.

The contest to find the region’s best young entrepreneurs is the first in a 10-year programme.

David Baldwin, a partner at Baldwins accountants, said: “Connecting talent between schools and employers is extremely important and for Class Careers winning the Baldwins Kick Start scheme is just the start.”