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UpRAW at Guildford Cathedral

UpRAW at Guildford Cathedral
Eight teams of young entrepreneurs from Surrey, Sussex, Kent and the Channel Islands competed for the chance to represent their area in the Young Enterprise UK finals to be held on July 1st. The main event supporters were ExxonMobil, the Federation of Small Businesses, South East Water and The judges included Managers and Directors from some of the UKs top retail and marketing businesses so standards had to be of the highest quality.

Team UpRAW from Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys won the top prize and compete in the UK Finals in July.

Head teacher, John Harrison, said I am delighted that the team have done so well in the Young Enterprise competition this year. The scheme allows the students to develop important real world skills such as team work, communication, presentations and negotiating with suppliers as well as sales and marketing. The success of the UpRaw team is a reflection of the hard work they, and the supporting staff and adviser, have put into the competition. We are all looking forward to the national final in a few weeks’ time!


Date and Venue

16 June 2014 Guildford Cathedral

Master of Ceremonies Steve Hyland – Business Connections Live

Award Winners

SE England YE Company of the Year 2014 – UPRAW

Asda Retail Excellence  – GOODWOOD

Best Trade Stand – INTEQUK

Best Company Report – UPRAW

Best Company Presentation – BIRD IGLOO

Journey Award – LUKE LIDDIARD



John P Gunn – Director ExxonMobil

Lorna Simpson – GSM Asda Basingstoke

Sophie Cornish – Co-founder and Director

Dean Lochrie  – Area Commercial Director HSBC Bank

Shruti Barton – YE Alumnus and PEA Entrepreneur of the Year 2103


Sophie Cornish Co-founder and Director

“Creativity, professionalism, tenacity and sheer excellence were in every one of the businesses that I had the privilege of judging at the South East Final. Each one of the talented, ambitious young people I met had planned, driven and executed their ideas to a highly impressive level and it was a pleasure to witness their own sense of personal development achieved along the way.”


Lorna Simpson GSM Asda Basingstoke

“What a fabulous event. The standard of entries were amazing. I was truly astonished at the level of detail, focus and dedication that these young people have put into their chosen businesses. I am so proud that Asda have chosen to get involved with YE.”


Caroline Simcox Enterprise Director at Guildford Cathedral:

“Thank you for choosing the Cathedral to hold the Young Enterprise Final, we thoroughly enjoyed hosting the event. It was great to have so many young people in the Cathedral for a really good cause and so obviously feeling at home. We would love to host again next year!”


Bracey Parish Young Enterprise South East Regional Manager:

“ On behalf of the Young Enterprise South East Team I would like to thank Caroline Simcox and her team at Guildford Cathedral for hosting our Company of the Year Awards. The venue provided a wonderful and inspirational setting for eight companies from the region (incorporating Kent, Surrey, Sussex and the Channel Islands) to present their business to a panel of judges made up of senior representatives from corporate companies such as Asda, HSBC, ExxonMobil and and an audience of three hundred people.


The winning company, Upraw from Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, will go on to represent the region at the Young Enterprise National final on 1st of July at the British Film Institute in London.”


Lynne Skinner Young Enterprise Senior Manager:

”Having learnt that the cathedral was available for hosting events, it seemed a perfect venue for our showcase event of the year, it was fantastic in every way. The students were put at ease and loved the experience”‘


All About upRAW

UpRAW was set up in September 2013 by nine Year 12 students from Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys. The company up-cycle discarded pallets into quality wooden products such as chairs and bird boxes. They have dedicated themselves to promoting the idea of up-cycling and to this end they have produced online videos on how to make various products from old pallets. They have also launched a global publicity campaign through Twitter and Facebook.
The students have so far spent a total of 250 hours in the work shop dismantling pallets, sanding and cutting the wood before building the products.
The students manage to balance their studies with the demanding requirements of running a company. Many of these budding entrepreneurs hope to set up their own businesses in the future. A wide variety of skills are needed to run this successful company including product design, training, accounting, marketing, IT, sales, graphic design and others.

The managing director of the UpRAW, Adam Gaston, said that he learned a lot from his involvement with Young Enterprise and he is confident the team will do very well at the UK Finals. The team are guided by their Business Advisor, Philip Mummery of Philip’s Mans Shop in Cranbrook and their link teachers, Paul Carey and Huw Jenkins.