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Young Enterprise Awards inspired us!

Seven schools from Mid Glamorgan took part

Lively banter and the excited chatter of new business ideas is what we found taking place at the Young Enterprise Awards event hosted by the Glamorgan Business School.

The event encourages schoolchildren to develop new business ideas and seven schools from Mid Glamorgan took part. They were all gearing up to make their business presentations to the judges of the event, Professor Gary Packham and Lyn Daunton, from the Glamorgan Business School and Dr Arthur Davies of Penderyn Whisky

Professor Gary Packham, Head of Glamorgan Business School explained: “The event is part of an annual European Entrepreneurial development programme which starts in local areas and moves onto the regional and the national level. The winners from the UK will go to the European Young Enterprise Awards and it’s an opportunity for young people to express their business ideas and win a cash prize to develop their idea.

“Given the rising level of unemployment, the event will hopefully encourage young people to be independent and self-reliant and the Business School is delighted to host the event,” said Professor Packham.

Benjamin Vogadika, a MSc Public Relations student at the Glamorgan Business School attending to cover the event commented: “It was great to have the opportunity to speak with pupils and learn about their creative ideas. They were excited about competing with other young enterprises across the United Kingdom”.

“The groups were focused on environmental and community friendly projects and I was really impressed by how young they all were and how committed they were to developing new ideas” said postgraduate PR student Lizzie Santander also covering the event.

“I am so pleased to see my university support such clever and ambitious young talent, and speaking to the pupils was really inspiring and I found it motivating,” added Lizzie.

The entry from Bryntirion Comprehensive School aimed to encourage the use of technology for educational purposes and at a cheaper cost through e-books and e-journals. The group demonstrated that pupils could use their ‘learning tablets’ to bring e-learning in the classroom. As part of its vision the group is also working on a solar power charging boots where students can charge their tablets.

Also attending the event was a group from St Clare’s Senior School, who set up a beach hut exhibition showing all their recycling beach products for sale. They had a display of ornaments made from drift wood which they had hand designed including frames, candles, carved animals and musical instruments.

Organiser of today’s Young Enterprise Award event, Sophie Howells, the programme manager for the Young Enterprise Mid Glamorgan Region, commented: “We support students setting up their own business while at school. Young Enterprise offers assistance and provides business volunteers. The benefit of the company programme is to create practical business experience while in education.

Welcoming all the pupils to the University’s conference centre, Dr Paul Jones, Deputy Head of the Glamorgan Business School said: “This is a very important competition that the University is pleased to support which helps develop young people’s entrepreneurial skills and will stand them in good stead for their future”.

He added: “The winners of this event will go forward to the National Wales Final in June in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and I wish them the best of luck”.

The Winner of the Young Enterprise Award Event was the ‘Beach Hut Products’ of recycled driftwood by Year 12, from St Clare’s School Porthcawl. Their teacher Katherine Coupland said: “All this hard work has been worthwhile as the pupils aspirations and commitment were very high. I am really proud of them all”.

University of South Wales Faculty of Business and Society