Students representing schools from all over South Worcestershire competed at one of Malvern’s most famous business venues recently that arguably encapsulates what Young Enterprise is all about; Morgan Motors.
The Morgan Motor Company is indisputably one of Worcestershire’s success stories. Founded in 1909 by H.F.S. Morgan, the Malvern-link business is famous for its luxury coach-built cars. Morgan cars have long become a famous marque celebrated the world over for their unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance.
Helping to put Malvern on the automobile map
It seemed very fitting that enterprising students were given the opportunity to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills and achievements on a stage that has helped to put Malvern on the automobile map.
The evening was an exciting one where fourteen hopeful companies competed to see which four would go through to the next level, although there were also a range of other accolades up for grabs.
Demonstrating social and ethical values
For example, awards were given for companies that demonstrated social, ethical and environmental values within their Young Enterprise businesses supported by Spectrum Environmental. We are pleased to say that Venture from The Chase secured a trophy and prize of £75 for their 6- a- side football league events company. Venture also went through to the Herefordshire and Worcestershire competition in May.
Innovation was also awarded as QinetiQ annually present a cup and cash prize for the most innovative company which was won by Worcester Sixth Form College for their ‘Little Box of Worcestershire’ product.
Luna from King’s packed a pocket punch
The Postcode Anywhere Best Use of IT award was given to Luna from the King’s School. Their product, a portable pocket punch, did involve technological input into its design and production but the award was given to the company for the way it utilised IT to run the business. For example the students had whole-heartedly embraced social media e.g. Facebook and Instagram as a way to promote and market their product. They even had a QR code taking the user directly to a YouTube channel promotional and instructive video.
Other prizes included one for Best Teamwork supported by Worcestershire Ambassadors which was given to Seasons from Christopher Whitehead Language College (CWLC).
Young Enterprise Evolving at CWLC
Our PR Manager Natalie Green and I have worked closely with CWLC and we are providing support as mentors to another Young Enterprise company, Evolve. Both groups are truly amazing because not only has the school never participated in the programme before but they are also extremely young as both groups comprise year 10 and 11 students. Personally I think CWLC will be a school to watch in the future.
We have so enjoyed working with the students from Evolve, who have also been supported by Jon Hall from Worcester Bosch a fantastic mentor. Jon has shared his expertise in production and project management and has also been invaluable in ensuring that the company’s books balance.
The members of Evolve have proved to be the brightest most capable young people who have been a complete delight to mentor. Mr Callaghan their link teacher who is also new to Young Enterprise has made us feel very welcome and been extremely supportive as we have worked through the Company Programme cycle.
Best Company Report Shield supported by the Worcester Bosch Group went to Allied at Worcester Sixth Form College.
The South Worcestershire Area Board Best Presentation Cup, also given by the Worcester Bosh Group and presented by the chairman of SWAB, Paul Moult was presented to T-One from the King’s School.
Going through to the next round
Congratulations to everyone involved particularly the four companies that secured a place at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Final who are Allied Business, Venture, Luna and Infinity.
A huge thanks to Ian Smith Deputy Chairman of SWAB who with his usual style and verbal eloquence compered the event as well as the rest of the Board. Julia Neil and Kirsty Allsop from Young Enterprise also did a fantastic job in organising the event.