A fantastic time was had by all recently as the eight top Young Enterprise companies from schools in Herefordshire and Worcestershire competed for a place in the West Midlands Regional final.
The Young Enterprise Strategic competition was held at County Hall home of Worcestershire County Council, who generously supported the event.
Students with magnetism
Representing the Wyre Forest area was Magnitude from Stourport High School, who wowed the audience with their innovative personalised magnetic labelling service. Being Wyre-Forest born and bred myself, I thought they were a wonderful bunch of students and they made me extremely proud of my roots – and I am not talking about my next hair treatment!
Representing our bordering county, Hereford Sixth Form College’s company Empressa was also included in the competition line-up, selling beautiful scenic calendars featuring local beauty spots. Its neighbours Herefordshire College of Technology and its Young Enterprise company Opposites Attract produced magnetic clips called magnaclip.
From a marketing perspective both companies had clearly worked hard on their branding, demonstrating ‘stunningly visual’ corporate images.
Coining it in was Stash your Cash from Bromsgrove School, producing a range of lovely hand-made papier-mâché piggy banks. The students did a fabulous presentation which involved a little audience participation. It was wonderfully entertaining and a pleasure to watch.
Joining them were two Young Enterprise companies from The King’s School, including Red Sparrow with its Worcestershire-Sauce themed chutney, recipe cards, and retro-aprons – wonderfully evocative and so stylish.
Ironically, business rivals and fellow students, Avian, sold bird boxes and other related accessories but as far as we know no feathers were ruffled. In fact the camaraderie existing between all the companies was fantastic.
IT passion for followers of fashion
Malvern schools attending included students from The Chase and their company Nova who had devised a high-tech FashApp. Of course our own Ed Nash was one of Nova’s business advisors.
You could say that for Ed it was a sort of ‘baptism of fire,’ as it was his first experience of being involved directly in Young Enterprise, and didn’t he do well?
Nova certainly did us all proud as in the South Worcestershire final they won the Postcode Anywhere ‘Best Use of IT’ award.
Royal Flush on a winning streak
Also from Malvern and making a fantastic impression on the judges was Royal Flush from Malvern St. James, the winning company chosen to go through to the next level.
The team from Royal Flush stunned everyone with an educational ‘ multi-cultural’ children’s book and will go on to represent Herefordshire and Worcestershire at the West Midlands competition.
The all-female team also won a string of other awards including the ‘Postcode Anywhere Best Use of IT’. Well done girls!
We would like to thank…
Chairman of Young Enterprise South Worcestershire Area Board Paul Moult said: “Again all the students have demonstrated that innovation and entrepreneurship is thriving in our two counties. We are delighted that Malvern St. James will be representing us at the next phase and hopefully go through to the national competition in London.”
County Hall made a fabulous venue and the Board of Young Enterprise South Worcestershire are so grateful to Worcestershire County Council for their unstinting hospitality. Thanks too to my fellow board member Steve Ricketts for all his hard work in helping the evening go like clockwork.
Other people to thank include the hard-working ladies from Young Enterprise: Julia Neal, Kirsty Socket and Joy Willets. Well done all of you, as you make it all look so easy – and yet I know from experience how hard you work behind the scenes.
…and more special thanks to…
Ian Smith, deputy Chairman of Young Enterprise SW, did a fantastic job compéring the evening, although a little upstaged by his young assistant, Sophy Coombes-Roberts, whose witty deliberation was every bit as polished as Mr Smith. What a great double act!
I hope I have not left anyone out and if I have please forgive me as Young Enterprise has some fantastic corporate supporters such as Worcester Bosch, Bishop Fleming Rabjohns, Morgan Motors, QinetiQ and of course Postcode Anywhere, to name but a few.
Finally I just thought it would be nice to wish the team at Malvern St. James lots of luck in the West Midlands Regional Competition held at Birmingham University on the 13th June. You can rest assured we will be cheering them on when hopefully they will achieve a ‘Royal Flush’ and score the maximum number of points.
Other prize winners & award supporters
Teamwork Award – Opposites Attract – Herefordshire College of Technology awarded by MCP Systems Consultants
Best Use of IT – Royal Flush – *MSJ awarded by Postcode Anywhere
Best Company Report – Royal Flush – *MSJ awarded by Worcestershire Ambassadors
Best Trade Stand – Red Sparrow – The King’s School Worcester – awarded by Westbridge Foods Ltd
Best Presentation – Royal Flush – *MSJ – awarded by Morgan Motors
Sustainability Award – Avian – The King’s School Worcester – awarded by Worcestershire CC
Sustainability Award – Highly commended – Yes – Worcester Sixth Form College – awarded by Worcestershire CC
John King Award – Avian – The King’s School Worcester – awarded by John King Troubleshooter
Overall winning company – Royal Flush – *MSJ – awarded by Worcestershire CC
Runners-Up – Stash your Cash – Bromsgrove School – awarded by Herefordshire CC
Special 3rd Prize – Avian – The King’s School Worcester – awarded by Frank Myers, MCP Systems Consultants Ltd
* Malvern St James