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Budding entrepreneurs head to campus for Young Enterprise competition

Young entrepreneurs from the South East of England were brought together at Royal Holloway last week, to compete in the regional stage of a national Young Enterprise Company of the Year competition 2013.

Nine companies from across the region were competing to take home the top prize of ‘South East Company of the Year 2013’ 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.

After a grilling by the judges, it was a team of students from Downe House School, West Berkshire who scooped the coveted top prize of South East Company of the Year 2013 with their business Commando – a company specialising in the development and selling of beanie and sports hats. In particular, their innovative, professional and far reaching social media strategy helped them to bag the top award.

They will now go on to represent the region at the National Company of the Year Finals in London on 1 July.

Commando’s Managing Director, Florence Dowler said: “We have had an amazing day. The competition was really tough, and it was a pleasant surprise to have won. We look forward to the next stage in London.”


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