South Worcestershire Schools are The Business

Eight Young Enterprise companies from schools in Worcester, Malvern, Pershore and Evesham attended the Young Enterprise South Area Board presentation evening held at the Royal Grammar School Worcester recently.

Out of the eight competing companies, four were chosen to go forward to the Young Enterprise Herefordshire and Worcestershire Strategic Finals in May.

Schools participating from Worcester included The King’s School and St. Mary’s School. Pershore High and Prince Henry’s High were also among the eight Young Enterprise companies competing for a place in the next stage of the competition. Representing Malvern schools were The Chase and Malvern St. James.

This year, I was again given the privilege of being asked to judge the event, which proved to be a really difficult task. The exceptional standard of the Young Enterprise companies competing this year demonstrated yet again that enterprise and innovation is thriving in our county’s schools.

The winning companies going through to represent South Worcestershire in the Strategic Finals are J’Adore (Malvern St. James) Sparks (The Chase) Pure Inc. (Prince Henry’s High) and Tedz (Pershore High).

I was also asked to present the Postcode Anywhere Best Use of IT trophies which went to the Royal Grammar School, Worcester and their Young Enterprise company Smart, which was an innovative online business directory.

The Chase, Malvern also won a Postcode Anywhere Best Use of IT trophy for their innovative idea, a smart phone training company called Sparks.

It was a great evening for Postcode Anywhere as two of our developers, Luke Sparey and Mike Cook have been acting as business advisers at their old school The Chantry. The Chantry’s Young Enterprise company, Brainwave, unfortunately didn’t get through to the presentation evening stage – but they did receive two prestigious awards.

Izzie Pearce-Mason, Brainwave’s FD, received the Rabjohn’s Best Financial Director Shield which was presented by Ian Smith. Her company also won the Volvo Logistics Teamwork award, presented by Kevin Smyth, Volvo Logistics UK Country Manager.

Although Kevin has judged a Young Enterprise event in the Warwickshire area at strategic level, he thoroughly enjoyed his experience in south Worcestershire, and was impressed by the standard of the companies in South Worcestershire.

Well done to Mike and Luke for all their hard work in supporting the Chantry by acting as business advisers. The Brainwave team comprise of year 10 students, which means that they are one of the youngest groups to take part, as it is generally lower sixth form students that participate in Young Enterprise Company Programme.