Young Enterprise companies get their time in the spotlight

Earlier this year, we announced we would be supporting the country's leading education charity YE. With students coming to the end of their academic year, for those participating in the charity's flagship 'Company Programme' it was also time to have their time in the spotlight as the companies were judged at area, then county, then regional finals before one East Midland finalist going off to compete in London against schools from around the country. 

We were lucky enough to be invited to help out with the judging where a panel of judges from local businesses were tasked with reviewing the company accounts and interviewing all the companies before putting their trade stands to the test and watching the presentations.

 Karen Hill, Branch Manager at Loughborough branch judged the Leicester round and said, 'It was great to be involved and to hear about the students’ journey over the last year. All companies acknowledged that team work was the biggest challenge that they had faced. Students did not realise how hard it was to run a business, or how rewarding it can also be.

'I was most impressed with the company that had designed and produced their own product – a magnetic key holder. A number of the students explained that Young Enterprise had given them the opportunity to develop personally and their confidence had improved greatly as a result, enabling them to present in front of a room of strangers. When asked if they would take part in Young Enterprise again everyone involved said yes! I can’t wait to support the local school next year.' 
Head of Central Sales & Service, Tina Hayton-Banks added 'I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was incredibly impressed with the standard of the businesses. I was very pleased that Nottinghamshire winners Ozone came a very well-deserved runner up at the region finals.' 

The judging of the East Midlands finals was up to The Nottingham’s Chief Executive David Marlow where we were headline sponsor of the event as well as sponsor of 'Best Financial Performance'. Overall winners were 'Synergy' from Lincoln's Priory Academy who had a very worthy win with their help-books for parents. The team will now compete in London where a UK winner will be announced to represent the country at a European final in Berlin. 
David, a former Young Enterprise regional finalist said ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the day brought back many happy memories for me. Best of luck to Synergy in London!’ 
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