Merseyside students go forward to North West Company Programme Young Enterprise Final
Budding young entrepreneurs from All Saints Catholic High School in Kirkby have put their business heads on to compete and win Overall Best Company 2013 in the Merseyside stage of a national Young Enterprise competition which took place at Liverpool John Moores University. The team specialise in the sublimation of a variety of products including Mugs, T-shirts, bags, key rings and hoodies.
Fifteen teams from 10 schools vied to take home the top prize of ‘Best Company, after taking part in a Young Enterprise scheme to set up and run their own businesses for a year with the help of business mentors.
Students from Royal Heart Design, All Saints Catholic High School will now go through to the next stage of the competition – the North West Regional Final in Manchester Airport on Monday 17th June.
Diane Bainbridge, Assistant Principal at the College said: ‘’Our school has taken part in this competition for many many years. This is by far the strongest team we have had and we are thrilled with their success. They work hard and work together and deserve their success. The Company have had a brilliant year and visited some fabulous businesses on their journey.’’
The students had to showcase the products and services they’ve developed in the past year whilst being grilled by an expert panel of judges who scrutinised their business reports and profit margins.
Young Enterprise believes that young people ‘learn by doing’ and over the years countless young people have been inspired to start up their own businesses after taking part in our Company Programme.
Setting up their own companies while still in school gives young people a unique real-life experience of business and enterprise and gives them invaluable practical skills that prepare them for the world of work.
Andrew Firr, YE Manager for Merseyside said:
“Young Enterprise couldn’t exist without the vital support from our local business volunteers and I’d like to thank them all for their hard work this year as well as Mitchell Group, Home Bargains and Liverpool John Moores for their support of Company Programme within Merseyside”
The other key award went to Sean Kirk (pictured below) from Carmel College, who was chosen from a host of nominees to be Merseyside Company Programme Student of the Year 2013.
Sean stepped up mid way through the year after the dismissal of the Managing Director to control and move forward the company in an positive manner. His peers and teaching staff speak very highly of Sean’s achievements.
Link Teacher Peter Murphy said ‘’ Sean is someone who continually puts the team first and works his hardest for the team. He does it with a smile on his face, he has never complained once when something hasn’t gone his way (Literally not once) and completely humble in how he conducts himself.’’
The awards for Best Presentation also went to Royal Heart Design whilst Woodchurch High School from Wirral walked away with Best Company Trade Stand and Best Company Report in their first appearance in the competition.
Merseyside wishes Royal Heart Design every luck as they represent the County at the North West Final.