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His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex joins Young Enterprise’s birthday celebrations


HRH The Earl of Wessex chats to Young Enterprise students


His Royal Highness, the Earl of Wessex helped to celebrate Young Enterprise’s 50th anniversary at Loseley House on the 13th June.

The Earl of Wessex joined 80 other guests including the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and owner of Loseley House Michael More-Molyneux and this year’s winning Company Programme teams in the Great Hall.

Carolyn Townsend, daughter of Young Enterprise founder Sir Walter Salomon and President of Surrey Friends said: “I remember Young Enterprise from its very earliest days and it is thrilling to be celebrating its 50th anniversary with His Royal Highness and our other distinguished guests and friends in this magnificent Surrey setting”.

Over 900 Surrey students took part in Young Enterprise this year, forming over 70 companies and supported by more than 100 volunteers. Surrey University also took part in the Start-Up Programme for the first time.

The event was hosted by Carolyn Townsend, with other speakers including William Salomon, Life President of Young Enterprise; Michael Mercieca, Young Enterprise CEO; Jared Fox, Chairman of Young Enterprise Surrey and team Khaos, Surrey Young Enterprise finalists from Glyn School in Epsom.

Michael Mercieca said: “We’re delighted the Earl of Wessex helped us to celebrate Young Enterprise’s 50th anniversary with us. It means a lot to us and to the students that he met.

“His Royal Highness is a supporter of programmes to develop young people and improve their life skills. We hope that with his support we can continue to inspire hundreds of thousands of young people to succeed through enterprise.”


Young Enterprise has been preparing young people for work since it was founded in the 1962-3 academic year by merchant banker Sir Walter Salomon. It is based on the American Junior Achievement programme, which worked to foster work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills in young people.

Since then, 3.8 million young people have taken part in Young Enterprise programmes in the UK. One million of these have taken part in the Company Programme.