Young Enterprise Shropshire Finalists Crucial Compacts
The Young Enterprise Shropshire Finals were held at The Park Inn, Telford. Teams of young people aged 14-19up their trade stands for the last time so sponsors and guests could see how their fledgling ideas had evolved into real businesses. Then everyone sat down to a three course dinner and sponsors had the opportunity to talk to students about their experience of Young Enterprise. Perhaps surprisingly, many students say that working in a team is one of the biggest challenges and they also talk about the confidence they have gained through meeting the public at trade fairs and presenting to judges – and fellow students – in a lecture theatre.
Three teams were chosen to deliver their presentation for a final time – Crucial Compacts from Newport Girls School, Fudget from Grove College, and Herbology from Holy Trinity School – and guests then voted on a winner – which, by a narrow margin, was Fudget.
The keynote speaker was Lucy Francis, HR Manager at Caterpillar, Shrewsbury. The students were spellbound listening to Lucy’s story ‘from rags to riches’, all eyes focused on the stage.
The last of the 26 awards presented to teams by sponsors was to the Shropshire Company of the Year – the winners were Crucial Compacts from Newport Girls School and the award was presented by Councillor Gilly Reynolds.
Sponsors always say how much they have enjoyed the evening and how inspirational it is sharing the success of our young people. Long-standing sponsor Mandy Thorn, MBE of Marches care summed it up when she said at the end: “It’s an honour to be here.”
The winners will go through to the West Midlands Regional Final which is being held at Wolverhampton University.