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Bayside boys come second in Company of the Year 2013

A team of young students from Gibraltar took second place in the Young Enterprise UK national finals held in London this week.

Judges at the finals held in Kensington Town Hall on Monday night were impressed by Team Elementz and their product Bootz, an easily-stored water resistant overshoe designed to keep shoes and feet dry in wet weather.

The eight students from Bayside Comprehensive School students also earned the Financial Management Business Award and Managing Director Stefan Valarino secured the Founders Leadership Award.

Stefan together with Jake Collado (Deputy Managing Director), Julian Lopez (Finance Director), Peter Sardeña (IT Director), Alain Pons (Operations Director), Kyle McCreesh (Sales Director), Francis Picardo (Marketing Director) and Aidan Borg (Deputy Sales Director) have worked together with Link Teachers Clayton Busto and Jonhenry Mauro, as well as the Bayside Coordinator Analise Benitez and their Business Advisor Susan Beresford.

Yesterday Education Minister Gilbert Licudi congratulated the students and said this “outstanding performance” was testament to the commitment and hard work of Gibraltar’s students.

“Gibraltar has consistently done well in the UK finals and this year has been no exception,” Mr Licudi said.

“It is also a reflection of the sterling work done by all those professionals in the business community and indeed the participating teachers, who gave up of their time in order to guide our young aspiring entrepreneurs.”

Carlos Garcia, Chairman of the Young Enterprise Scheme in Gibraltar, said: “Firstly I’d like to congratulate Team Elementz on their achievement of second place in the UK finals.

“The team worked together to produce an excellent product which certainly caught the attention of judges here and in London.

“On behalf of everyone involved in the Young Enterprise Scheme in Gibraltar, I’d like to say we are all very proud of Team Elementz.”

In Gibraltar, the Young Enterprise initiative is supported by the Gaggero Foundation and a network of members from the Education and Business Establishments within Gibraltar.

Young Enterprise is the United Kingdom’s largest business and enterprise education charity, which helps around 225,000 young people learn about business and the world of work in the classroom under the guidance of a network of 5,000 volunteers from 3,500 companies.

Young Enterprise’s aim is to “inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise”. Its guiding principle is to do this through “learning by doing”.

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