Young Enterprise in the West Midlands

The West Midlands’ contender in the Young Enterprise Company of the Year 2013 #YEfinal was Equipo from Alleyne’s High School, in Stone, Staffordshire.

equipoEquipo created the EarBuddy, an award-winning earphone holder that prevents earphones from getting tangled and damaged – for a reasonable price. It comes in a range of colours, designs, and shapes and the firm will even personalize the accessory for you.

 Watch the Equipo presentation at the final


Welcome to Young Enterprise in the West Midlands.

Our organisation is passionately committed to helping young people develop the skills they need to take charge of their lives and succeed in business and enterprise.

We cover an area including  Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Staffordshire and the Black Country.

From the rural shires to iconic buildings in urban centres, the West Midlands offer an amazing diversity of landscape, people and culture; it was the birthplace of Shakespeare, the Industrial Revolution and Heavy Metal music!

Birmingham, with the youngest population in Europe, is the UK’s second most populous city. Diverse and vibrant, it was voted the best city in Europe in which to do business.

Young Enterprise’s work is hugely important in the region. For example, by the end of 2012, Birmingham had the highest unadjusted youth unemployment rate (23.1%) amongst England’s major cities – significantly above average of 18.2%. By contrast, Solihull has a productivity level above the UK average.

Almost 17,000 students benefited from Young Enterprise programmes in the past year, with help from more than 700 volunteers from business.

We cover 2,000 Primary Schools, 700 secondary schools, 50 colleges and 13 universities. More than 2,100 West Midlands pupils ran their own real companies for a year in 2011-12 as part of our Company Programme.

The spectacular Great Hall at Birmingham University was the magnificent setting for the Young Enterprise West Midlands Company Programme final on 13th June 2012.

The regional winners, Retrossentials, (see below) from the Black Country University Technology College, Walsall used their in depth knowledge of engineering and laser cut technology to design and manufacture funky retro clocks out of recycled vinyl records.

In 2011 the region’s representatives where Versaleaf from a comprehensive school in Stone, Alleyne’s, with their Japanese inspired folding cloth hold-all “Knotthebag” (see team member Alison Norbury demonstrating the product above.)

Our local supporters range from multi nationals to local businesses that are critical to building a stronger and more innovative West Midlands economy.

Join us now and become part of a changing experience that provides greater opportunities for young people and improves our businesses, industries, local economies and lifestyles.

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‘Retrossentials’ from the Black Country University Technical College was named Best Company at the West Midlands Young Enterprise 2012 regional final at the University of Birmingham.

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A Young Enterprise company from Malvern St James’s celebrates winning the “Enterprise Award for Excellence in all Areas of Company Activity” at the West Midlands Young Enterprise Final on June 12 2012


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Contact Young Enterprise in the West Midlands


Unit 12, Harlescott Barns, Harlescott Lane



Area Manager


Marie  Harper

07960 057947



Herefordshire & Worcestershire


Kirsty Sockett – Senior  Young Enterprise Manager

07960 063 388


Julia Neale

07960 063 202


Joy Willetts

07960 056 993



Coventry and Warwickshire


Sarah Bowen

07960 059 796


Mary Lynch

07794 478 932



Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country


Gene McLeod

07960 063 385


Kamran Hussain

07776 856607





Janis Wilcox

07960 055 448


James Vicary

07436 165 250





David Graham

07960 051 142


Tim Barker

07960 061 566

Young Enterprise in the West Midlands is very active on social media. Find the right outlet for your area with this handy guide:


Twitter Accounts: Facebook Pages:
@YE_WestMidlands West Midlands 
@YEBhamSolihull Birmingham Solihull 
@YE_BlackCountry Black Country 
@YEShropshire Shropshire 
@YEStaffordStone Stafford and Stone