Nine schools participated in the Young Enterprise Final on 26th April 2017 at the Met Office, Exeter, in what was an inspirational, exciting and fascinating and closely fought event.
The judges, Fleur Lewis Partner, Bishop Fleming, Chris Jones Head of Products Met Office, ,Karen Skerratt of HUBB Group and Katy Dash of Paddleboat Theatre congratulated the teams on their innovation and the high quality of their presentations. Fleur Lewis, Partner at Bishops Fleming and judge said ‘we are delighted to be supporting and sponsoring the Company Pprogramme final once again. Young Enterprise plays a vital role in providing financial education and experience to young people, and we are proud to play a part in that. The standard of entries was fantastic, and deciding on the winners was a real challenge. I have been involved in YE for a number of years and the standard this year really was superb.’
Guests from the business community in Devon were very impressed by the diversity, creativity and high standard of the products the teams had developed, as well as their maturity and professionalism. Simon Scott-Nelson co-Founder of Wellity commented ‘”I was so impressed by the quality of the entrepreneurs at this years Young Enterprise final. The students would not be out of place in any company boardroom with their innovative ideas and assertive deliveries. To get a new product to market takes all sorts of transferable life skills and to then deliver your pitch to a large crowd and investors takes confidence and belief. All of the finalists showed this in abundance and I am sure that we will either see their products on the high street or their teams going on to do great things in life. To encourage our youth to develop entrepreneurial skills is paramount to the country's future in business and the skills that they learn along the way will stick with them whatever life path they take. I believe that companies across Devon would benefit greatly from some of the talent that was on offer at the final. Huge congratulations to all of the participants and Marian Weston for their efforts and I very much look forward to joining the team as a Business Adviser’.
The winners of the different Awards were :
Best Trade Stand :’County Roots’ Exeter School
Best Company report: – ‘BrainBlox’ Trinity School, Teignmouth
Best Presentation – Wood on Waves’ Ilfracombe Academy
Overall Winner – ‘County Roots’ Exeter School
Keynote speaker ,Chris Achiampong, IBM Graduate Apprentice and Ambassador for the Government’s Apprentice ‘Get In Go Far promotion said It was a great privilege to have been involved in such an amazing event. There were so many young people with creative and fantastic ideas. The room was full of energy and enthusiasm. I was extremely impressed by their maturity and professionalism and they are great examples of entrepreneurship.
Marian Weston the Ye Manager for Devon said ‘ I am delighted that the Final was such an exciting and inspirational event. All of the teams were superb, it has been a huge privilege to work with them during the last nine months. Our sincere thanks to the teachers who led the teams and the Business Advisers who mentored the teams mon their YE journey. We have wonderful support through the year from our fantastic volunteers and sponsors, and are always glad to welcome new volunteers and sponsors to our team. In particular our sincere thanks to the Met Office for hosting our event in their iconic building and for looking after us so well. Andy Yeatman of the Met Office said ‘The Met Office enjoys hosting the YE awards. Sometimes, it seems young people are unfairly criticised but the students attending this event soon correct any wrong impression. It’s a pleasure welcoming them to the building and the work they present is inspirational’.
We look forward to following the progress of the teams over the remainder of the academic year and also the progress of Exeter Schools County Roots businesss, as they meet with the other regional finalists to compete in the South West Regional Finals in Glos on 14th June.