STUDENTS FROM THE ABBEY SCHOOL, BERKSHIRE CROWNED BEST COMPANY AT YOUNG ENTERPRISE SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL FINAL
A company of students from The Abbey School in Reading, Berkshire was crowned Best Overall Company at the Young Enterprise South Central Regional Final. The final, held at the University of Buckingham on Thursday 21st June, celebrated students who have set up and run a company over the academic year as part of the HSBC supported Young Enterprise Company Programme and supported by the FSB Thames Valley.
Nine teams from Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire competed for prizes across many categories. The winning team, “Impact”, from Reading, went on to represent YE South Central at the UK Company of the Year final in London on July 6th and demonstrated why they were worthy winners of the Regional Final. They were a force to be reckoned with and a credit to their school.
Young Enterprise works with over 250,000 students ever year and thousands of young people aged 15-19 from across the country have set up and run a real business or social enterprise over the academic year with Company Programme - Young Enterprise’s flagship enterprise education programme supported nationally by HSBC. Company Programme students have made all the decisions about their business, from deciding the company name and product, to creating a business plan, managing their finances and selling their products.
The winning team, “Impact” had developed a themed cookbook with recipes from top local chefs and have plans to develop a vegetarian version and much more. The team said that they were “amazed and thrilled to have won and to be going to the national finals!”
The companies were judged by Clare Lundberg (HR Director Routeco), Ian Zant-Boer (Growthdeck), John Spoerry (University of Buckingham), Nikki Burns (FSB Thames Valley), Nicola Jay (Head of Early Careers, MBDA UK Ltd) and James Morley-Smith (Zebra Technologies), and overseen by Alan Gundle (Technical Director, Sensient).
The judges also awarded Best Report, Best Trade Stand, Best Teamwork and Best Presentation awards to students from Watford, Oxford, High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Luton.
FSB Thames Valley supported the Best Teamwork Award and Nikki Burns, Chair of Thames Valley FSB. In announcing ‘Out of the Woods’ from Buckinghamshire as the winners with their range of recycled wood kitchen products, Nikki said, “ All of these young people have developed a fantastic range of employability skills through taking part in Company Programme. I very much hope that they will go on to use these business skills to set up their own businesses and when they do, the FSB will be there to support them with all the necessary expertise. It is vital that organisations such as the FSB partner with Young Enterprise. So often employers say that young people are not work ready. Through engaging with YE, the FSB is demonstrating that it is committed to changing that and I am delighted to be part of this event”.