Young Enterprise companies compete for county titles

It doesn’t seem too long since our Young Enterprise companies got off the starting blocks last September under the watchful eye of their Business Advisers. Since then, they have designed, sold and in most cases, turned a profit from all kinds of innovative products. 

This year, we have financially supported ten local schools across Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire whilst staff have volunteered hundreds of hours throughout the year to support the programme. 

Sarah Booth, Customer Adviser from Bulwell, volunteered at Bulwell Academy and tells us ‘The businesses that the students run are actually real businesses and although a lot of the time they can relate to their relevant studies, the role of a Business Adviser is to offer practical advice and also make them think about the best way to approach problems.

‘It is sometimes hard though letting them work through issues rather than telling them what you know from experience!’

Head of Business Planning Rachel Kolebuk supported Nottingham Academy’s Glo who made soya candles from recycled materials. Rachel says ‘It was fantastic to share the journey of the students from start to end and really watch them grow in knowledge and confidence.’

The team beat off stiff competition from the rest of Nottinghamshire picking up the Environmental Award in recognition of their product innovation utilising recycled glass for containers and slow-burning soya wax in a variety of styles. Whilst Bilborough College and Bluecoat Academy also picked up prizes. 

In Leicester, Head of Finance Andy Lumby has spent the year volunteering with Branch Manager Karen Hill at De Lisle College. Andy explains ‘'The team were really pleased as they not only progressed to the Leicestershire final but also picked up the Environmental award and Best Trade Stand!

‘The whole experience has been fantastic for them.’

In Leicestershire, Enlighten (from De Lisle College) were pipped to the post for the ‘Business of the Year’ accolade by Loughborough High School for Girls who will go onto compete for the chance to represent the East Midlands at the national final in London in July. 

Chief Executive David Marlow adds ‘We firmly believe in helping people become more employable, providing skills to improve prospects. The Company Programme is something which I benefitted from back in my school days and an experience which I look back on with very fond memories.

‘Congratulations to all the students on their efforts this year and we look forward to working with Young Enterprise again in the autumn.’

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