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PASTE Parties from St Swithun’s School impress the judges at Area Final

A student company from St Swithun’s School beat eight others to win the award for Best Company at the Young Enterprise South and Central Hampshire Area Final on the 19th March at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The team of Year 11 and Year 12 students formed their company PASTE Parties in September 2014 as part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme, a scheme for 15-19 year olds who set up and run their own business for a year. After maximising the seasonal opportunities by creating and selling a Christmas hamper, the students then developed the ‘Birthday Bash Pack’ designed to help working parents with a  time-saving and affordable solution providing materials for a child’s party.

On the night the teams were judged by local business supporters:

Professor Georgina Andrews – Director of Southampton Solent Business School

Matthew Riley – Director – NatWest Banking

Mike Jackson – District Governor – Rotary Wessex

Chris Rees – Managing Director – Rees Leisure

The full list of awards and winners was:

  • Best Company – PASTE Parties St Swithun’s School, Winchester
  • Best Trade Stand (supported by Young Enterprise) – TreatTastic from Oasis Mayfield Academy, Southampton
  • Best Business Plan (supported by Nat West) – Coconut Cases, Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh
  • Best Presentation (supported by Rotary Wessex) – Eklipse, Churcher’s College, Petersfield
  • Best Company Report (supported by Coffin Mew Solicitors) – Illuminate, Churcher’s College, Petersfield
  • Best use of Sales and Marketing (supported by W8Data) – PASTE Parties St Swithun’s School, Winchester
  • Award for Innovation (supported by Southampton Solent University)  – Melted, Churcher’s College, Petersfield
  • Award for Financial Management (supported by The Car Finance Company) – PASTE Parties St Swithun’s School, Winchester

Amanda Read, Chair of the South and Central Hampshire Young Enterprise Board said: “It was a fantastic evening with a great atmosphere and tremendous excitement. I would like to thank our generous supporters and also the school/college staff and volunteer business advisors who dedicate so much time and effort into making the programme such a success in our area.

“But, most of all, I would like to thank all the young people who took part. Their enthusiasm, commitment and undoubted entrepreneurial talent are second to none.”

The next round of the competition is the Hampshire County Final on 6th May.  PASTE Parties will be joined by Melted and Illuminate from Churcher’s College to represent South Hampshire, competing against teams from North Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.