Young Enterprise Wales

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Welsh Young Enterprise stars surged into the 2013 UK Final of Britain’s most prestigious teen enterprise competition. How will they fare in 2014?

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A Star Jar

Last year’s winners: Star Jars
Prestatyn High School

Star Jars, created by a company called Aluminium, won the Wales heat of the Young Enterprise Company of the Year 2013 competition. Their products have delicious contents. There are two recipes: walnut brownies and Smartie cookies. The jars sell for £5.99 each or two for £10!

Watch the Star Jars presentation at the final

More than 500 students from across North Wales took part in the Welsh regional Young Enterprise final  at the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl last month.

The winners of the North Wales Company award were Eirias High School (pictured below) with their business “Your Words’, who produced word clouds displayed on a range of gifts.



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Contact Young Enterprise in Wales


Anne Colwill (Area Manager)

07794 478925


Anthony Brown

Business Relationships Manager – North Wales

07841 880977


Owen Thomas

Project Devlopment Manager

07776 857 071


Natasha Davies

(Cardiff, The Vale of Glamorgan and Gwent)

07831 720223


Sophie Howells

(Mid Glamorgan and West Wales)

07794 478922


Selwyn Griffith

(North Wales and Powys)

07794 478928

Welcome to Young Enterprise in Wales

Youth entrepreneurship in Wales has trebled in a decade, research shows


Each year our small but dedicated team of staff helps deliver inspiring enterprise education programmes to over 4,500 students throughout the Principality, supported by an equally dedicated pool of volunteers from the business community.

We run many programmes designed to enthuse the young people of Wales with the “can do” attitude that help them take control of their lives, giving them skills and experiences that make a real difference to their future. Young Enterprise is a charitable organisation set up to do just that.

Targeted at students from the age of seven, Young Enterprise in Wales provides a pathway of learning which is designed to inspire and support those students to become successful at work and the next generation of business leaders and innovators.

Young Enterprise’s Company Programme for 15 to 17 year olds provides a real life opportunity to experience running a business in a safe environment, with volunteer business mentors to support them to learn. The students form companies, create products, raise capital, trade over a school year and truly learn by doing.

Each student takes a role, managing director, finance director, production director etc. and all the responsibilities that go with it. At the end of the year they produce an annual report and present their company at a regional final to a panel of business judges. The most successful will progress to a Wales, UK, and potentially European final.

The quality of the students and their innovation will surprise even the most cynical of observers.

Young Enterprise depends upon the support given by businesses both in volunteer time and increasingly direct funding. In Wales, the programmes are underpinned by Welsh Government funding through Careers Wales, but these only stretch so far and are at risk in the current climate.

Young Enterprise does make a real difference and can help provide those entrepreneurs of the future that Wales needs.