Company Programme 2013

YE Co of Year winner Prime2 oblong

Prime from Tiffin Girls’ School, Kingston, London were named Young Enterprise Company of the Year 2013. They are seen here with the finals host Steph McGovern, the main business presenter of BBC Breakfast.

Watch the highlights: Young Enterprise Company of the Year 2013 on video

As Prime from Tiffin Girls' School clinches the top prize, watch all 13 presentations from the HSBC-supported Young Enterprise Company of the Year 2013. Decide for yourself if the judges got it right!

A host of superb teams of young entrepreneurs battled it out at the #YEfinal in Kensington Conference and Events Centre

Who won? Read the full press release here

Watch videos of all 13 teams making their individual presentations at the final here

youtube logo

We celebrated the best young business talent in the UK and Gibraltar, in an evening hosted by Oli Barrett of StartUp Britain and Steph McGovern, business presenter from BBC Breakfast, with Michael Acton Smith, Founder and CEO of Mind Candy and SB.TV’s Jamal Edwards, on 1st July at Kensington Town Hall, London.

More than 26,000 young people took part in this year’s Company programme running 2,000 real businesses across the UK, Channel Islands and Gibraltar, under the guidance of expert business mentors. The final featured the surviving 13 teams who had to battle their way through an arduous series of local and regional heats to compete for the ultimate accolade of the Young Enterprise UK Company of the Year.

During the evening the students  showcased their companies, before taking part in a fierce 4-minute pitch off to help determine the winners prior to the star-studded awards presentation hosted by Steph McGovern. For even more details click here.

Pictures (right, top to bottom)

  • Steph McGovern, main business presenter BBC Breakfast.
  • Jamal Edwards, video entrepreneur and founder of SB.TV.
  • Michael Acton Smith, founder Mind Candy and creator of Moshi Monsters empire.
  • Oli Barrett, Director of Cospa and StartUp Britain, Connector, Creator of Tenner.
  • Amber Atherton, Star of Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea and proprietor of My Flash Trash jewellery company.
  • London.

Read more about Prime here

Read the full press release issued after the final here


Northern Ireland
Twist ‘N’ Spread
Wallace High School, Co Antrim


The Twist ‘N’ Spread company offers an ingenious solution to the slippery challenge of buttering toast. Wallace High School students manufactured, marketed and sold the ‘Butter Finger’ – a twistable tube filled with butter which is a mess-free alternative to conventional spreading.


North West
The Queen’s School, Chester

vega vintage

Vega devised a high quality vintage magazine that not only contains articles and stunning photographs, but money off vouchers for vintage shops and cafés in Chester! Look at Vega’s online gallery.


Star Jars
Prestatyn High School

star jars

Star Jars, created by a company called Aluminium, have delicious contents. There are two recipes: walnut brownies and Smartie cookies. The jars sell for £5.99 each or two for £10!


West Midlands
Alleyne’s High School, in Stone, Staffordshire.


Equipo created the EarBuddy, an award-winning earphone holder that prevents earphones from getting tangled and damaged – for a reasonable price. It comes in a range of colours, designs, and shapes and the firm will even personalize the accessory for you.


South West 
Cirencester College



Their ambition is to become a leading app provider. Cirencester Sixth Form College’s most successful Young Enterprise team Swapplications is well on its way. The team aims to provide and maintain smartphone applications for schools, colleges and universities in the UK.


Dolly Creations
Glasgow Academy

dolly creations

Dolly Creations specialises in making bespoke hand crafted, hand painted dolls and paint-your-own kits. Their flagship product is the “Mini Me.” The team says: “whether it be for your loved ones or even to reminisce about your childhood, they are perfect for any occasion.”


Dip It
Westfield School, Gosforth, Newcastle

dip it team

This team produces a range of dip dye and tie dye products. It is the second year in a row that the school has won a place in the national finals. They were mentored by previous Westfield winner Emma Gillespie who completed her NVQ level two in business administration while working at the Entrepreneurs’ Forum.


Yorkshire & Humber
Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire


Phoenix sells an innovative healthy-eating guide book covering what’s on offer from North Yorkshire’s gastronomic pubs and restaurants. It also helps the buyer learn how “to cook like a professional.”


East Midlands
Mug Shot
Southfield School, Kettering.

mug shot presents

Thirteen girls from the Southfield’s Sixth Form created their own company selling personalised mugs, egg cups and all manner of other items. Yujia Li, the firm’s assistant managing director, said: “Our company has the aim of bringing a smile to people’s faces.”


East of England
Route 144
Knight’s Templar School

s clip-tiff
Route 144 from the Knight’s Templar School, Baldock, Hertfordshire created the S-clip, the revolutionary new way to prevent your headphones from tangling! Simply attach the S-clip to each end of your headphones and it will reduce their tendency to get snarled up. The team says: “It’s a simple and effective solution to an everyday problem.”


Tiffin Girls School, Kingston, London

Prime’s product is the Gramophone, a 100% silicon speaker that amplifies your music from your iPhone or iPod touch without using any electricity!


South East
Commando (third place)
Downe House, West Berkshire

commando beanies

Commando, a company formed by nine students, sells “the latest and hottest beanie hats and caps perfect for all year.” The fashion items have been endorsed by Karren Brady of BBC TV’s The Apprentice and worn by David Beckham!


Elementz  (runners-up)
Bayside Comprehensive



The team’s product is called ‘Bootz’, a water resistant overshoe promoted as “the sensible alternative to the Wellington boot.”  Vigorously tested by having a group of individuals jogging, going for adventurous muddy walks and trips in the snow wearing them. Keep your shoes and trousers dry from the rain, be it traveling to work on a motorcycle or by foot!