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Students from Jersey Schools Crowned Best Company at South East Regional Final


A company of students from Jersey schools and colleges were crowned Best Overall Company at the Young Enterprise South East Regional Final. The final, held at Guildford Cathedral on 13th June, celebrated students who have set up and run a company over the academic year as part of the HSBC supported Young Enterprise Company Programme.

Ten teams from Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and the Channel Islands competed for prizes across many categories. The winning team, “To Be”, from Jersey, will go on to represent the South East of England at the UK Company of the Year final in London on July 6th and could potentially represent the UK in Belgrade at the European final.



The winning team, “To Be”, created and sold a Jersey-themed recipe book and calendar. The team said that they were “amazed and thrilled to have won and to be going to the national finals!”

The companies were judged by Dominic Grinstead (Met Life), Katie Cox (South East Water), Peter Quilter (Nat West) Richard Layfield (ExxonMobil) and Simon Lewis (Partridge, Muir and Warren)

The judges also awarded Best Report, Best Trade Stand, Best Interview and Best Presentation awards to students from Royal Grammar School in Guildford, Farnborough Hill School, Walthamstow Hall School and Davidson School in West Sussex.



Richard Layfield (ExxonMobil), said: “I was enormously impressed by the energy, creativity, and the accomplishments of all of the teams involved, and judging between so many strong companies was not an easy task. ExxonMobil is proud to have supported Young Enterprise for several years, and I hope to have the opportunity to be personally involved again in the future.”

Peter Quilter (Nat West) said: “The whole event was superb and I came away highly motivated and privileged to have taken part”

Simon Lewis (CEO, Partridge, Muir & Warren)

“Working with Young Enterprise as a judge is such a positive experience! All of the teams competing in the South East Final demonstrated creativity, ambition and passion and I learned something new from each of them. If these bright young people are indicative of our next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders, we can look forward to the future with confidence.”

Katie Cox (South East Water) : “It was very refreshing to be around such positive, enthusiastic, and talented young people. I think they all have bright futures ahead of them if they can retain that kind of attitude and approach.”


The companies and schools competing in the South East Young Enterprise Company Programme Final were:

  • Lunar: Anti bullying book (RGS Guildford)
  • Muno: Guernsey-themed products (Guernsey schools)
  • Pinnacle: Handmade lapel pins (Davidson High School, Worthing)
  • Peak: Translation book of British slang (Christ the King College, Newport, IOW)
  • Novoneesh: BSL T-Shirts (Walthamstow Hall School)
  • Purrfect Paw Post: Monthly pet parcels (Farnborough Hill School)
  • To Be: Jersey-themed recipe book (Jersey schools)
  • Planting Memories: Card with plantable seeded paper (King’s School, Canterbury)
  • Edunow: Education focussed website and app (RGS Guildford)
  • Dining Card Company: Restaurant loyalty membership (Brighton College)


Award Winners:


Best Advert – Supported by Hanseatic Asset Management LBG

  • Deer Darling, Notre Dame School Cobham

Creativity Award – Supported by Disney

  • Peak, Christ the King College, Newport, Isle of Wight

Highly Commended Award

  • EduNow, Royal Grammar School, Guildford

Best Interview Award – Supported by Natwest

  • Novoneesh, Walthamstow Hall School, Sevenoaks

Best Trade Stand Award – Supported by South East Water

  • Purrrfect Paw Post, Farnborough Hill School, Farnborough

Best Company Report Award – Supported by Partridge, Muir and Warren

  • Lunar, Royal Grammar School, Guildford

Best Company Presentation Award – Supported by ExxonMobil

  • Pinnacle, Davidson High School, Worthing

South East England Company of the Year 2018 – Supported by MetLife

  • To Be, Jersey schools and colleges.