Company Programme 2012


Company Programme 2012 finalists

2,000 teams of teenage business stars whittled down to just 13 for final showdown

  • North East: UJUK – Westfield School in Newcastle

Fourteen Sixth Formers raised money for HIV victims in Africa selling Union Jack themed goods ahead of the Olympic Games and Queen’s Jubilee. Products included union jack pictures made out of coke cans and bags. Watch a video of their presentation.


  • West Midlands: Retrossentials – Black Country University Technology College, Walsall

This team made funky retro clocks out of recycled vinyl records – using their in depth knowledge of engineering and laser cut technology to design and manufacture to a high standard. On their way to victory they sold clocks to the Swiss! Video



  • Gibraltar: “Impulse” Bayside School, Gibraltar

Impulse aimed to solve the age-old problem of people spending half their time de-tangling their earphones. Their miniature, stylish design included a magnetic plate that holds the earpieces in place so they don’t collide and break. A clip allows it to be attached to clothing. GKN Production Award. Video.



  • North West: Fruity Friends, Wilmslow High School

A team of Wilmslow students created a business selling fruity themed t-shirts that attracted interest from John Lewis and Sainsbury’s. The t-shirts emblazoned with fruity characters – Cheeky Cherry, Bling Banana, Athletic Apple and Smart Satsuma – were designed to encourage them to eat their ‘five a day.’ CIMA Financial Management in Business Award. Video.



  • South East: Link2Nature – Beech Grove Academy, Nonington

This company aimed to introduce children to nature by offering them fun games to play and learn that weren’t based around a TV or video screen. They also wrote and illustrated a children’s storybook called The Adventures of Piney Conus. Second place runners up.  CIM Charitable Trust Marketing Award. Video.



  • Northern Ireland: quirktees – Wallace High School, Co Antrim

Quirktees have sold more than 300 t-shirts to over 22 different countries. They came up with a range of jokes and puns and printed them out on pre-ordered t-shirts. Video.


  • Scotland: Innovation – Fortrose Academy in Highland and Moray

Innovation’s winning product was The Measure Up Cup that allows children to pour their own diluting juice by having a clear guide to the levels recommended by Robinsons and Britvic. People’s Award for Best Presentation. Video.



  • East of England:  Element – Berkamsted School

Element created a voucher scheme, named Community Coupons, which encouraged the residents of Berkhamsted to spend money on their high-street and not travel further afield to larger shopping centres. This idea injects money back into the local economy, while also reducing the carbon footprint of the town, as there is less travelling to be done. Third place. Video.


  • East Midlands: Motiv8 St Mary’s Roman Catholic High School in Chesterfield.

Twelve students created a headphone organiser called ReWind. The students developed ReWind when one of the team noted that his headphone wires were always getting tangled and that wrapping wires around a £ 400 iPhone could potentially scratch it. Founders Award special mention for Thomas Pawelski, Company Secretary. Video.



  • London: Forty Winks -North London Collegiate School, Harrow

Created a range of cool and comfy pyjamas and sleepwear. They secured orders for more than 100 pyjama bottoms from Generator Youth Hostels, a hostel chain with outlets in Vienna, Berlin, Copenhagen and London. Video



  • Yorkshire and Humber: Fresh – Hymers College, Hull

This team of anti-plastic bag crusaders developed a car fragrance to remind people to bring their shopping bags into the super- market. They have now teamed up with Wait- rose to take their product to the shop floor. The product capitalises on the scientifically proven link between smell and memory. Video.



  • Wales: Nucleus, – Blackwood Comprehensive School, Blackwood

Seventeen 15-16 year olds in Year 10 made a healthy profit with their “Hugga Plug” a plug that protects your mobile phone while it’s charging. Video


And the winners were: The Vitamin Boom:



The Vitamin Boom from Balcarras School, a Gloucestershire Comprehensive, were named Company of the Year. The received their £1,000 prize from Business Secretary Vince Cable that also included a ticket to compete in the European final against teams from 33 other European countries. They won the prestigious FedEx Access Award at the Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise European Company of the Year finals in Bucharest, Romania. Watch Vitamin Boom presentation.