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Wedgewood Supports Young Entrepreneurs

WEDGEWOOD Equipo Trade Stand in Wedgewood Museum

The Wedgewood Museum in Barlaston hosted nine Young Enterprise teams from Stafford and Stone on the 27th March as they delivered business presentations to a panel of judges.

It could have been a daunting experience, but the teenage entrepreneurs were un-phased by the historical significance of the surroundings as they set up their trade stands in the museum itself and delivered four minute presentations in the conference room.

The event was supported by the Wedgwood Group and the Wedgwood Museum and the Stone and Stafford Young Enterprise Board would like to express their thanks for their generosity.

The competition is judged on three elements: the Trade Fair, which was held in February, a detailed Company Report as well as the presentation at the Wedgewood Museum.

First place went to Equipo from Alleyne’s High School in Stone for their Earbuddy product which helps transport earphones so they don’t tangle.

To date, in addition to studying for AS levels, the students have sold approximately 700 Earbuddy products in various colours, generating £1400 in revenue for the company. Equipo will go on to represent Stone and Stafford in the West Midlands Regional Finals in June.

Business advisor Sue Green from Evergreen HR, who has mentored them throughout, said: “The group have done exceptionally well and their success so far is testament to their hard work and raw talent.  They are a highly driven and capable group who have come on leaps and bounds since they launched their company Equipo and I’m sure they will rise to the challenge at the finals.”

Another Alleynes team, Flipt, took second place for their cake cookbook with three separate sections with 1000 possible combinations of cakes to be made.  Their business advisors are Dave Royle from Alstom Grid and Steven J Hendry of Charterhouse Financial planning Ltd.

Third  place went to The Little Message Company from St Dominics High School for Girls. They have developed a company which have created personalised hanging wooden hearts.  The business advisors were Anna Wooliscroft of Market Avenue, Steve Tamplin of Clover Accountants and Colin Hansen-New.

Alleyne’s link teacher, Tim Tweets, won the award For Link Teacher of the Year.  He said: “It has been a privilege to receive this award.

“Both teams have worked extremely hard and I am very proud that they have taken the Young Enterprise Business opportunity, worked together and learned so much from the experience. It’s always a good experience for me and especially when the teams give it their all.”

Business Advisor of the Year Award went to Colin Hanson-New, business advisor for St Dominic’s Girls School.   He said: “I am extremely thrilled and honoured to have won the award. I tried to make each meeting with the team fun by focusing on the positive outcomes of the previous week and by offering supportive advice where I deemed it necessary.

“It may be the relaxed, but supportive, approach which the team appreciated. The right information and the correct level of guidance at the right time was key to helping the team to achieve their goals.”

WEDGEWOOD James Lowe MD of Equipo receiving award

Other teams taking part were:

  • Bandit from Walton High School with a range of leather wrist bands
  • Get Apptive from Wolgarston School with a healthy recipe cook book
  • A Company from Walton, Stafford with the ‘Charge King’, a product that holds various mobile devices while charging them
  • Kits4Kids from Stafford Grammar with a Christmas gift idea which slots together to make a dear shape
  • Go Potty, also from Stafford Grammar with a flowerpot which allows children to grow their own cress
  • Mufassa from Wolgarston School who produced a utility belt aimed at runners.