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Battle of the businesses at the Young Enterprise UK Final

Students from across the UK compete to be named Company of the Year

Teams of enterprising students from across the UK went head to head to be named Best Overall Company at the Young Enterprise Company Final, supported by HSBC, on the 7th July at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Enlighten Hope, a social enterprise, from St Patrick’s College in Northern Ireland scooped the top prize on the evening. The team made a book which aimed to bring a unique concept to children’s cancer education by creating an innovative resource which adds value to the lives of others.


Enlighten Hope

Of their success, teacher Tracey Hughes from St Patrick’s College, said, “They could never remove the problem and they never set out to do that but what they have done, in their own mature but child-like understanding of life, is created a product which I genuinely believe will revolutionise how families can approach a hard-hitting diagnosis. It’s been phenomenal and we can’t thank you all enough.”

There were fourteen teams representing regions across the UK including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Gibraltar, competing for eight awards. The teams had all gone through a rigorous series of local and area finals to reach the UK Final.

The Company Programme is Young Enterprise’s flagship enterprise education programme, and is supported nationally by HSBC. Young people set up and run a business, or social enterprise, for an academic year guided by local business mentors. The winners of the UK Final will go on to represent the UK at the European Final later in July in Switzerland.

The Journey Award which recognises the achievements of students on the Company Programme was awarded to Jordan White from Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School in the East Midlands. Jordan gained confidence and tenacity through the programme.

Young Enterprise alumna turned BBC business presenter Steph McGovern hosted the evening, alongside multi-award winning young entrepreneur Ben Towers – recently named Number One on The Times Magazine Superteen Power List. They were joined by guest Bianca Miller, apprentice runner up 2014, Sharmadean Reid, Founder of WAH Nails and Ariel Eckstein, VP of Global Client Relationships, LinkedIn, who took to the stage to share their personal business stories.

Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive, Young Enterprise said: “I, and the judges, were hugely impressed by all of the students and their products. They have done amazingly well to reach the UK Final out of the 20,000 students that took part this year.  Through dealing with real issues that businesses face, they have developed strong employability skills such as creativity, resilience and communication.

“Well done to all of them and congratulations to the winners. I look forward to seeing how Enlightened Hope do in the European Final in Switzerland later in July.”

Antonio Simoes, CEO of HSBC Bank plc, said: “Programmes such as this give young people a taste of the real world. HSBC volunteers work with student teams across the UK and help them develop during the academic year.‎ I believe that this is the type of initiative which will help rebuild trust in business.”

Full list of competing teams and prizes:

Region Team and School Product Award
London Pinpoint Technologies, Sutton Grammar School for Boys Pinpoint Technologies’ goal is to solve the problem of losing your everyday valuables through a multi-functional item-tracker called the Pin. Founders Award for Outstanding Achievement – Luke Aitkins

AT and T Innovation in IT 

Company of the Year Runner Up

North East and Cumbria EDUvation, The Nelson Thomlinson School We produce a user-friendly Revision Guide and App for GCSE Economics students. N/A
Northern Ireland Enlighten Hope, St Patrick’s College Enlighten Hope aim to bring a unique concept to children’s cancer education by creating an innovative product which adds value to the lives of others. Disney Creativity Award

Company of the Year

South Central


Wabi Sabi, Abingdon School A cookbook aimed at teenagers. N/A
South East .DOTT, Walthamstow Hall School Upcycled button greetings cards. N/A
Wales Blue Resolution, Monmouth School We aim to grow the Monmouth community both socially and economically; we want to boost football in independent stores. N/A
West Midlands Keye Safety, King Edward VI School Emergency contact information disk to fit into tax disk holders in cars. Best Presentation Award

Company of the Year 2nd Runner Up 

East Midlands


Teaspoon, The Minster School Indulgent, Seasonally filled glass jars. N/A
Yorkshire and Humber


Unity Publishing, Brighouse High School We are a publishing company aiming to introduce unity to younger generations. We have created a set of children’s books, with the help of a student author at our college. N/A
North West


Little Tree Books, Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School Little Tree books have created a book called ‘Don’t Hurt Me, I’m Just a Bee’. N/A
East England


Team Ignite, Chelmsford County High School for Girls The Socket Pocket… A microfibre pocket which can hang over a plug, decreasing risk of electrical damage to cables. ASDA Retail Excellence Award
South West


The Seaweed Gardeners, Truro School Our mission is to make people aware of how much they throw away, and demonstrate how useful some of that waste could be, by recycling it and reusing it to make other products. N/A


Taste Buddies, Westside Comprehensive School With a cookbook families are encouraged prepare meals together thus enriching their cooking experience. N/A


Pure Chuffed, Lochend Community High School We create high quality jewellery showcasing photos of Glasgow to promote the city and aim to provide excellent customer service. N/A

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