Company Final 2016

19,000 students from more than 1,000 schools took part in this year’s Company Programme, setting up and running a business over the course of the year. Our finalists battled it out to be named UK Company of the year 2016 at the UK Final on 7 July and the chance to represent the UK at the European Final in Switzerland.

Congratulations to Enlighten Hope from St Patrick’s College, Northern Ireland – UK Company of the Year 2016.

BBC Breakfast interviewed the teams throughout the morning as they set up their tradestands.

Check out the photos from the event on our Facebook page.


Find out more about the winning teams on our news story. Here we take a look at the 14 competing teams:

Little Tree Books LOGO - North WestEDUvationUnity Publishing Yorkshire
North West Winner

Little Tree Books: Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School

Little Tree Books have created a book called 'Don't Hurt Me, I'm Just a Bee'

North East & Cumbria Winner

EDUvation: The Nelson Thomlinson School

We produce a user-friendly Revision Guide and App for GCSE Economics students

Yorkshire & Humber Winner

Unity: Brighouse High School

We are a publishing company aiming to introduce unity to younger generations. We have produced a set of children's books

teaspoonKeye Safety - West MidsTeam Ignite - East of England
East Midlands Winner

Teaspoon: The Minister School

Indulgent, seasonally filled glass jars

West Midlands Winner

Keye Safety: King Edward VI School

ICE information disk to fit into a tax disk holder in cars

East of England Winner

Team Ignite: Chelmsford County High School for Girls

The Socket Pocket... A microfiber pocket which can hang over a plug, decreasing the risk of electrical damage to cables

DOTTWabi-SabiLondon - Pinpoint Technologies
South East Winner

.Dott: Walthamstow Hall School

Upcycled button greetings cards

South Central Winner

Wabi Sabi: Abington School

A cookbook aimed at teenagers

London winner

Pinpoint Technologies: Sutton Grammar School for Boys

A multi-functional item-tracker called the Pin solves the problem of losing your everyday valuables

The Seaweed GardenersNorthern Ireland - Enlighten HopePure Chuffed - Scotland
South West Winner

The Seaweed Gardeners: Truro School

Our mission is to make people aware of how much they throw away and demonstrate how useful some of that waste can be by recycling it to make other products

Northern Ireland Winner

Enlighten Hope: St Patrick's College

We aim to bring a unique concept to children's cancer education by creating an innovative product which adds value to the lives of others

Scotland Winner

Pure Chuffed: Lochend Community High School

We create high quality jewellery showcasing photos of Glasgow to promote the city and aim to provide excellent customer service

Wales Winner

Blue Resolution: Monmouth School

We aim to grow the Monmouth community both socially and economically; we want to boost football in independent stores

Gibraltar Winner

Taste Buddies: Westside Comprehensive School

With a cookbook families
are encouraged prepare meals together thus enriching their
cooking experience


Journey Award Finalists

The Journey Award recognises a student’s progression through the Company Programme.

Blessed Mahovo, Yorkshire and Humber

Nicola Webb, North West

Jordan White, East Midlands


Team Programme

Our Team Programme is an enterprise journey for students aged 15 and over who have experienced difficulties with learning, or have disabilities. The winners from the 2016 Team competitions will also be attending the UK Final.

Best trade stand: Furze Down Trading, Furze Down School

Best presentation: Meadow Eco Crafts, Meadowfield School


Sir John Moores’ Award

For the first time this year, the regional winners of the Sir John Moores’ Special Achievement Award are being judged at a national level and three students will also attend the UK Final.

Regan Burley, Woodlands School

Sam Gates, Lonsdale School

Osman Hussain, Amersham and Wycombe College