Young Enterprise Company Final Awards 2018
Enterprising students across the UK went head to head to be named Best Overall Company at the Young Enterprise Company Final 2018, supported by HSBC, on the 6th July.
SureLight from London scooped the top prize of the evening. The team created a smart brake light for bicycles. The judges were blown away by the teams creative and entrepreneurial flair. The team will now go on to represent the UK in Belgrade at the European final.
Luke, Operations Director from ‘SureLight’ said: “Fantastic. Incredible. Amazing. It is not what we expected at all. It’s been an amazing experience and we’re just so thankful to the judges and the sponsors for everything.”
There were fourteen teams at the final, held at County Hall, London, representing regions across the UK including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Gibraltar, competing for a range of 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. Young Enterprise works with over 250,000 students every year.
For a full list of award winners and sponsors, click here
Ian Stuart, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC UK said: “We’re delighted to support the Company Programme with HSBC volunteers working with students across the country. It’s fantastic to see students deal with real life business decisions and develop employability skills such as creativity, resilience and communication. The Young Enterprise scheme is a great way for young people to gain invaluable entrepreneurship skills preparing them for the future world of business.”
Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise, said: “I’d like to congratulate the students from ‘SureLight’ for winning HSBC Young Enterprise Company of the Year Award. The award has been generously supported by HSBC who, like Young Enterprise, firmly believe developing creativity and employability skills can have a real impact on young people’s futures.
You don’t get this stuff from a text book and we are greatly encouraged by our research which shows that 94% of Company alumni go on to education, employment or training – 7% higher than the national average.”