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Venture Wins Best Company Award in the Young Enterprise Jersey Awards 2013

Students participating in the Young Enterprise Company Programme were rewarded for their hard work and business success at a presentation evening at Hautlieu School on Thursday, 2nd May 2013, with around 200 parents and friends in attendance.

The Best Presentation and Company of the Year Awards were judged by an esteemed panel of judges representing each of the Adviser companies including:

  • Aidan McAvinue, Director, Head of Family Office Banking at Barclays
  • Malcolm Davies, VP at State Street
  • Dyfrig Roberts, HSBC Area Director CI & Isle of Man
  • Andy Isham, Partner at Deloitte

Together with:

  • Andy Cook, Chief Executive of Jersey Business
  • Paul Shevlin, Chief Operating Officer, Paul Shevlin at Deutsche Bank
  • Roy Howard, Regional Director South of Young Enterprise
  • Beverley Le Cuirot, Chairman of Young Enterprise Jersey

Venture took the top prize of Best Company of the Year; and Best Presentation was awarded to Element for making the most informative, creative and entertaining presentation on the night.

The Awards were announced by Andy Cook of Jersey Business, and presented by Assistant Minister for Education, Sport & Culture, Deputy Roy Le Herissier.

Deputy Le Herissier also presented a cheque for £1,000 to Young Enterprise Jersey, on behalf of Education, Sport and Culture at the event, which was hosted by Channel 103 presenter Spencer Davies.

The other winners on the night were:

  • The Managing Director of the Year Award, judged and presented by Cedric Bird of Locate Jersey – winner: Tom Sinel, MD of Venture.
  • The Best Administered Company of the Year, judged and presented by Tania Angell, Chairman of ICSA Jersey – winner: Quality Fifteen – with special recognition to the Company Secretary, Alex Mesny, and Deputy Secretary, Jonathon Pugsley.
  • The Chairman’s Award, judged and presented by Beverley Le Cuirot, Chairman of Young Enterprise Jersey, to the company which overcame a number of challenges and as a result, made the most progress in personal development, confidence and teamwork – winner: Apollo – with special recognition to the MD, Andrew Robertson.
  • Achiever from each YE company making the greatest contribution, as nominated by the Advisers:
    • From Element – Glenn Horman
    • From Apollo – Charlotte Black
    • From Quality Fifteen – Chantelle Mundy
    • From Venture – Tom Sinel

Beverley Le Cuirot, Chairman of Young Enterprise Jersey, commented:

This is my last year as Chairman and the Awards Evening could not have been more enjoyable, quite possibly the best yet.  All of the Achiever companies performed exceptionally well both during the year, and on the night.

“The programme was a great success and this is entirely due to the commitment and enthusiasm of the students, advisers, link teachers, specialist mentors and Jersey Area Board. The Young Achievers have gained genuine insight into what running a company involves and while there have been a great many successes the students have also gained valuable experience from ideas and initiatives which did not work out as well as they hoped.

“Venture impressed the judges overall for the way they worked together, the professionalism of the way they ran their company, their ideas and business success, and for the maturity they demonstrated in dealing with the departure of their MD early in the process.  They completed a number of successful projects, including Photography at Corporate Events (raising £350); and an Art Exhibition at Castle Quay was a particular success (raising around £700); they also produced a Recipe Book and sold Mr Zoggs Car Air Fresheners to their own age group based on Jersey’s sea and surf culture.  A first ever, Venture have donated all revenue raised during the year to The Antoine Trust, supporting families as their child undergoes treatment in the UK.

“The other companies were also noted for their success in different aspects of running a company, for example, Quality Fifteen for the professional administration of their company and their exemplary teamwork; they also recognised a gap in the market for a Jersey History Book for Children.  They sourced exceptionally beautiful illustrations and secured sponsorship from Rathbones in order to donate the A5 hardback books to primary schools and libraries in the Island.  Unfortunately the book was not finished in time for the Awards and therefore fell at the final hurdle.  It will nevertheless be produced and will be a lasting credit to Quality Fifteen.

“The presentations demonstrated great creativity, featuring popular TV programme, Master Chef, along with Apollo 13 (highly relevant for the Apollo company), and Harry Potter.  The winning theme was a very clever combination of The Apprentice with The Greatest Circus on Earth.  All were hugely entertaining and it was difficult for the judges to decide between them.”

 

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