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Pictures: Entrepreneurs at The Young Enterprise Company Programme

“It not only makes them understand how a business works but also how life beyond school works.”

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Pates School team Young Enterprise

Budding entrepreneurs got a chance to reveal their skills and hard work at an event dedicated to showcasing their up-and-coming companies.

The Young Enterprise Company Programme trade exhibition 2014 at Pittville Pump Rooms gave 18 teams from 13 Gloucestershire schools a platform.

The companies revolve around either a service or a product which the pupils have been developing since the start of the academic year and aim to sell to a public market.

The students displayed their businesses on stalls and proudly stood in front awaiting questions from the 25 judges.

The ten awards up for grabs were: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Service, Corporate Image, Product/Service Development, Merchandising, Sales and Marketing, Sales Pitch Dragons Den, Best Stand, Best Product/Service Overall and Ethical Enterprise.

Rachel Channon, Young Enterprise manager for Gloucestershire emphasised the valuable real-world skills that the students gain as part of the programme.

She said: “They learn a lot of practical skills that they won’t get from anywhere else in school.”

Commenting on the businesses Rachel said: “Some products are still at prototype stage and some have been selling since Christmas so it’s a mixed bag but their ideas amaze you.”

Luke Perry, business teacher at Balcarras School, Cheltenham, was equally complimentary. He said: “The kids are learning through doing.

“It’s things they couldn’t learn in the classroom.

“They’re putting what they know into practice and it’s a very valuable process.”

“The students have learned about team work and not letting each other down. If they’re given a job to do they’re held accountable for it. They’re really relying on each other.”

Judge for the merchandising category, Allison Cole said: “Young Enterprise is a fantastic organisation which helps young people to actually understand how a business comes together and works.”

“It not only makes them understand how a business works but also how life beyond school works.”

June Davies, a trainee business teacher and judge for service and best stand, said: “They come across all kinds of practical problems that they wouldn’t encounter if they were just looking at a case study in the class room. This way they can apply their knowledge to a real situation.”

“The enthusiasm, motivation and skills that they have at this age are very impressive.”

Will Kurtze, 16, from Bournside said: “It’s really opened my eyes to the world of business.

“There were a lot of things I didn’t expect. There were difficulties and challenges and it’s taught me a lot.

“It’s been a good team building exercise. It brings a group together and I feel that we’ve really bonded over it.”

Radha Jain, 17, from Cheltenham Ladies’ College said: “It has taught us how to be innovative, how to be original but also how to work together as a team.

“Business has always really appealed to me because of the buzz and the competition and this experience has given me an insight into how business in the real world works.

“You’ve got to constantly work to produce something that’s high quality and unique.”

Along with skills and experience in business the students gained a massive sense of achievement from the event.

Naomi Paterson, 17, from Balcarras School, said: “It was great to have a product in our hands that we created.”

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Commended – Brighter Designs – Balcarras School and Tag Vertise – Cirencester college.

3rd place – Young Enterpies – Pates Grammar School

2nd place – We Charge – Cirencester College

Winner – ProSeed – St Edwards School

Best Service

3rd place – Loop – Sir Thomas Rich’s Grammar School

2nd place – Green Bag Company – Balcarras School

Winner – We Charge – Cirencester College

Corporate Image

3rd place – ProSeed – St Edwards School

2nd place – We Charge – Cirencester College

Winner – Young Enterpies – Pates Grammar School

Product/Service Development

Commended – Loop – Sir Thomas Rich’s Grammar School and Young Enterpies – Pates Grammar School

3rd place – We Charge – Cirencester College

2nd place – ProSeed – St Edwards School

Winner – Brighter Designs – Balcarras School

Merchandising

Commended – We Charge – Cirencester College and Loop – Sir Thomas Rich’s Grammar School

3rd place – Young Enterpies – Pates Grammar School

2nd place – Negotium – Cheltenham Bournside School

Winner – ProSeed – St Edwards School

Sales and Marketing

Commended – Infinite – All Saints Academy, In The Bag – Katherine Lady Berkeley School and Tribe – Westonbirt School

3rd place – ProSeed – St Edwards School

2nd place – Young Enterpies – Pates Grammar School

Winner – We Charge – Cirencester College

Sales Pitch

Commended – Unicorn – Cheltenham Ladies College and Star Print – National Star College

3rd place – Brighter Designs – Balcarras School

2nd place – Green Bag Co – Balcarras School

Winner – Young Enterpies – Pates Grammar School

Best Stand

Commended – Brighter Designs – Balcarras School

3rd place – Green Bag Co – Balcarras School

2nd place – ProSeed – St Edwards School

Winner – Young Enterpies – Pates Grammer School

Overall Trade Exhibition Winners

3rd place – ProSeed – St Edwards School

2nd place – We Charge – Cirencester College

Winner – Young Enterpies – Pates Grammar School

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