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Young Enterprise Eastbourne and Wealden showcase their successes

Company of the Year - Random, Cavendish School


The Mayor Councillor Mike Thompson joined an awards evening of over 100 school pupils, supporters and sponsors for the awards finals of the Young Enterprise 2012/13 year at The Elim Family Centre, Hartfield Road on Thursday 18th April.

The Mayor formally opened the evening, and each company made a presentation about their experiences.

The presentations, together with their company reports, trade stands, web sites and branding were then  judged by a panel of business and enterprise experts, led by Christina Ewbank (Lookers Mercedes Benz) ,  Russell Banks  (Head of Assurance ESCC),  Joel Fielder (Switchplane  Ltd), Bill Plumridge, (Arndale Centre) and Marks Weeks-Pearson (Ashdown Hurrey LLP Chartered Accountants).

Once the presentations were completed the judges retired to make their decisions, whilst

the audience was treated to an amusing speech by Stuart Earl of Earls Bakery, Sidley, Bexhill, about the ups and downs of business.

All the awards were sponsored, and representatives of the sponsors presented the following:

Sponsor:    Lion Hotels: Best Company of the year – Random, Cavendish School
Sponsor :   Federation of Small Business FSB: Runner Up Best Company – Bolt, Lindfield School
Sponsor:    Westminster Indemnity Ltd: Young Achiever – Madeleine White – Random, Cavendish School
Sponsor:    OBC Accountants: Best Company Report – Bijoux, Moira House
Sponsor:    Eastbourne Borough Council: Best Product or Service – Bolt, Lindfield
Sponsor:    Hastings Direct: Best Governance – Random, Cavendish School
Sponsor:    John D Clarke Architects: Best Presentation – Bijoux, Moira House
Sponsor:    Waitrose The John Lewis Partnership: Best Trade Stand finals – Random, Cavendish School

The following winners go forward to the Sussex finals in May:

Best Company of the Year – Random, Cavendish School
Best Website – Sussex Downs College – Kitsch
Best Branding – Sussex Downs College – Spectrum

Wendy Gorham, the local staff YE manager said: “This was an exciting opportunity to showcase the achievements of these young people for all to see”.

Gordon Piggott, Chair of the Eastbourne and Wealden Board said: “These guys are off to a flying start in business. Their presentations were very professional and showed us how much they have learned. Their businesses are testament to their success”.