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Meet the Young Apprentice finalists backing Young Enterprise

Four stars of Young Apprentice Series 3 brought a touch of entrepreneurial glamour to the Pan London Young Enterprise trade fair.

The quartet of business talent took on Lord Sugar’s role at the event at Old Spitalfields Market.

From left to right the team consisted of the overall series 3 winner Ashleigh Porter-Exley, 17, a business student from South Yorkshire, semi-finallist Steven Cole, 17, Kent, whose first job was a kitchen porter, finalist Lucy Beauvallet, 16, an A level student from East Sussex and fashion designer Patrick McDowell, 16 from the Wirrall in Cheshire.

They judged the trading skills of 200 students competing at the huge fair. More than 40 Young Enterprise student companies competed for trade and glory, selling products from vegetable planting kits to unisex bow ties.

Volunteers from Deutsche Bank and Young Enterprise alumnus Nick Troen, founder and co-Director of Mexican food chain Poncho 8, joined the judges and sponsored awards.

All the students that pitched their products at Old Spitalfields Market were taking part in Young Enterprise’s flagship Company Programme. Aimed at students aged between 15 and 19, the programme gives them the chance to set up and run their own company for a year, under the guidance of a skilled business mentor.

This year’s winners were:


Display Stand                                Triangle,  Bishopshalt School

Best Sales Team                            iLike, Emanuel School

Best Sales Person                         Sara El-Saied, St Augistine’s C of E School

Most Innovative Product            Elite, Tiffin Girls School

Best Company Overall                Horizon, Surbiton High School


More about the Young Apprentices:

Ashleigh Porter-Exley

Ashleigh is studying for NVQ Level 2 in Business and Admin and taking evening Accountancy course. She lives in South Yorkshire and now works two jobs as well as studying at college and taking an evening accountancy course.

In her spare time Ashleigh enjoys dancing and going to gigs. She is inspired by Vivienne Westwood for her creativity.

Her aim is to prove that young people can achieve your dreams if they fight hard enough.


Lucy Beauvallet

Paris-born Lucy runs her own cake business and has a passion for baking. She is studying for A Levels in French, Economics, Maths, English and Philosophy and lives in East Sussex.

Lucy is bilingual and enjoys organising events and projects. She loves running, trampolining and playing tennis. Her role models are the founders of Innocent Smoothies for taking a leap of faith and never compromising their beliefs. Lucy aims to become an extremely successful businesswoman and wants to study law.


Steven Cole

Steven’s first job was working as a kitchen porter and he has been setting up businesses from the age of 13. He completed education with BTEC in Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and lives in Kent.

Steven is always on the lookout for exciting new ventures. In his spare time he enjoys playing FIFA with his friends, going to music festivals and playing golf. By the age of 27 he aims to have made £10m and be wearing tailor-made suits, a Rolex on his wrist and driving an Aston Martin. He feels the world is his oyster.


Patrick McDowell

Fashion Designer Patrick runs his own label, creating clothes and accessories for women. Studying for A Levels in English Language, Fine Art and Textiles and he lives in the Wirrall, Cheshire.

He was named ‘Young Textiles Designer of the Year’ aged 13, the youngest ever recipient. He has an eclectic taste in music and plays the euphonium and the baritone horn as well as being in a brass band and swing band. Patrick’s textile portrait of Anna Wintour, who is one of his inspirations, was recently displayed at the National Students Exhibition at The Mall Galleries.