Support for bee population wins students Social Enterprise Award
A group of students who support the country’s bee population beat off stiff competition in the national online finals of the Young Enterprise Social Enterprise Awards, as they were announced the winners.
Bee-Kind, from Abbey College, sell solitary bee homes in order to help increase the bee population, and also educates primary school children about the problem faced by the reduction in the bee population and about different types of bees within the UK.
The young bee supporters, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, competed against from Deakin, from Tonbridge Grammar School, in Tonbridge, Kent, and Team Hope, from Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, and will now take part in the European final.
Bee-Kind won £200, while Deakin and Team Hope, won £150 each.
Abbey College Business student and Managing Director of Bee-Kind, Hannah Lawton, said “We have really enjoyed setting up this business as part of Young Enterprise and entering the Social Enterprise competition seemed a natural step, as we wanted our business to have a lasting impact on all our communities. We were so happy to receive the honour of UK winners and look forward to representing the UK in the European Finals.”
Alexander Thompson, link tutor, Bee-Kind, said: “The students really enjoyed this opportunity and were thrilled to win the competition. This has spurred them on more to devote further time to the business.”
Deakin have developed a range of ‘Message on a Bottle’ glass drinking tumblers which are made using recycled glass bottles, while Team Hope, whilst Team Hope from Surbiton High School, in Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey, organised a 15-week 4000-mile “Cyclethon to Kampala” raising over £6,000 for AIDS orphans of sub-Saharan Africa with the global social enterprise Hope HIV.
The judges included Trewin Restorick, Hubbub; Sylvia Lowe, NESTA; Sue Riddlestone, BioRegional; Nick Stanhope, Shift Design. The panel were also joined by Sian Ferguson, from The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.
Speaking on behalf of the judges, Sue Riddlestone, said: “We were all bowled over by all the finalists who showed a flair for business combined with a mission to make the world a better place. Team Hope’s campaign to raise money and awareness about health and AIDS was a massive success. Deakin’s re-purposed glass tumblers and Bee-Kind’s bee homes were both products I wanted to buy!
“Bee-kind’s goals included teaching all local primary school children about the value of bees and a model to replicate their social enterprise in other areas. This gave them the edge over the competition and made them the worthy winners. Congratulations to Bee-Kind and all the brilliant finalists!”
The Social Enterprise Award is open only to Young Enterprise companies who are operating as a social enterprise. It is sponsored by the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.