Wales Winners 2014
Team Hexaphone from Heolddu School, Bargoed, Mid Glamorgan take top slot in Wales and go on to London to compete in the UK Finals in July.
A special thank you goes out to David Emery, Director of the COS Group and Natural Power Wales Ltd who chaired the panel of judges so well, and indeed to all judges, volunteers and teachers who made this such a special event.
Top Awards Supported by the Welsh Government
- The Welsh Government Young Enterprise Company of the Year 2014 – Hexaphone (Company Programme from Heolddu School, Bargoed, Mid Glamorgan) – Presented by Kevin Green – Judges comments: “All round excellence with a well developed product that they have protected (IP). They could have been considered in almost all award categories and are well placed to represent Wales in the UK Final.”
- The Welsh Government Young Enterprise Team of the Year 2014 – Turn Around (from Aberdare High School, Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan) – Presented by Kevin Green – Judges comments: “The company has clearly worked very hard and delivered fantastic profits and the boys have learned lots of valuable skills and qualifications, while being environmentally aware.”
- Sir John Moore’s Award – Christopher Holmes Creative Business @ Pengwern Pengwern College North Wales – Presented by Sharon Davies COO Young Enterprise UK
Awards Open to All
- Retail Excellence Award supported by ASDA – Quickbrush (Company Programme from Ysgol Bro Pedr, Ceredigion) – Presented by Warren Cook
- The Environmental Awareness Award supported by The Waterloo Foundation – Turn Around (Team Programme from Aberdare High School – Presented by Anna Rees – Judges Comments: “Fantastic use of waste materials to create the products, using materials that would go to landfill. They have forged strong community links and have a good local impact.”
- The Manufacturing Award supported by UK Steel Enterprise – Turn Around (Team Programme from Aberdare High School – Presented by Ruth Headon – Judges Comments: “Turn Around have manufactured lots of high quality products of different kinds and delivered them to clients in only 1 or 2 days. There doesn’t seem to be anything they can’t make.”
- Best Use of Social Media supported by Adapt – Hexaphone (Company Programme from Heolddu School, Bargoed) – Presented by Richard Foster – Judges Comments: “Excellent Use of Twitter and Facebook. Fantastic quality videos, active engagement with their followers and strong branding.”
- Most Innovative Product or Service supported by the IWA – Quick Brush (Company Programme from Bro Pedr, Ceredigion) – Presented by Jessica Davies-Timmins – Judges Comments: “Have come up with a really good idea that has the potential to be very successful. The judges can see a great future for the Quickbrush product.”
- Outstanding Individual Contribution Supported by NatWest – Aimee Price from Café Goron (Team Programme from Crownbridge Special School, Torfaen) – Presented by Cheryl Gourlay – Judges Comments: “Excellent contribution to the interview at the Trade Stand, and supported her team mates throughout the interview and presentation. Involved her team mates in the interview. Special mention also to Erin of Lobscows (Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, West Wales) who impressed all the judges throughout.”
- Best Trade Stand supported by COS Group – Lobscows (Team Programme from Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, West Wales) – Presented by David Emery – Judges comments: “Colourful and lovely range of products. Good use of height in the display. Attractive from across the room and close up. Also an excellent interview. It was the one stand that drew us to it.”
- Best Report supported by HSBC – Eco Sound (Company Programme from Sir Thomas Picton School, Pembrokeshire) – Presented by Nicola Twigg – Judges comments: Their report met all the criteria. Good use of imaging layout. All the judges were looking forwards to seeing the product having read the report.
- Award for Best Team Programme Presentation, supported by Cardiff Council – Lobscows (Team Programme from Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn) – Presented by Rhian Jones – Judges comments: Very polished and fluent delivery. Well rehearsed and professional presentation. Very enjoyable to watch.
Award for Best Company Programme Presentation, supported by Cardiff Council – Flare (Company Programme from Eirias High School, North west Wales) – Presented by Rhian Jones – Judges comments: “Engaging and full of personality. Used ‘flare’ to deliver their message in a very different way. Very confident and fluent delivery.”