The Met Office in Exeter was the iconic venue for the 2018 South West Regional Finals of the Young Enterprise Company Programme. Seven student companies came from all corners of the South West (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol and West of England, Wiltshire and Glos) representing their respective counties.
During the academic year teams of students have set up and run their own companies gaining valuable experiential ‘hands on learning’ about the ‘highs and lows of running their own businesses. These school-age entrepreneurs have started their own businesses from scratch, and learned really valuable life-long skills on the way.
The variety of student company was diverse, the innovation, creativity and courage of these young people is inspirational , they are great role models for other students in our region, and their confidence, motivation and innovation is to be acknowledged and celebrated.
Aroma Beads The team from Truro and Penwith College in Cornwall were passionate about making little changes in everyday life through aroma therapy infused jewellery. With the increasing awareness of the importance of mental health,this helped shape their product. As well as boosting serotonin levels their products also act as revision guides through scent guided memory recall .
The Native Company from Abbeyfield School in Wiltshire focused on being environmentally friendly and a healthy diet. Their ‘blend boxes’ containing recipe card and fresh ingredients for producing smoothies, delivered locally is proving very popular in their local area
The company Time from Claysemore School in Dorset was a social enterprise set up with a mission to raise awareness of menengitis and encourage vaccine take-up.
Focus from Taunton School in Somerset was a social enterprise whose aim was to ease the suffering of the homeless community. Their product ‘Soxbox’ contained a ‘mystery’ pair of socks in variety of colours. For Every SoxBox sold a pair of thermal socks was donated to the local community.
Balcarras School in Glouc ‘Vegankind’ passionate about delicious vegan food which is easy to prepare. Their ‘Be Good Brownie Mix is a vegan brownie mix made with flaxseed, a recognised superfood.
‘Save our World’ from Ilfracombe Academy in North Devon are a company who teach children the problems of plastic pollution through their trilogy of books, following their hero ‘Peter the Puffin’ who saves his friends and teaches them solutions to their problems.
YE Board Member Ian McGregor, was eloquent and entertaining as master of ceremonies. Giles Humphries of the ‘Mindful Chef’ was an excellent motivational speaker, sharing with the audience, their journey from starting up ‘Mindful Chef’ to the success they are enjoying today.
With guests from the Business Community, Young Enterprise volunteers , sponsors , family and friends of the different teams, it was an exciting and inspiring day culminating in the Awards Ceremony.
The overall winner of the Regional Final, was ‘Save our World’ from Ilfracombe Academy who will go through to the National Finals in London IN EARLY July flying the flag for Devon and the South West.
Marian Weston, YE Area Manager for Exeter, East, South and North Devon said ‘ it was fantastic to be hosting the Regional Finals on home turf in Exeter, our sincere thanks to the Met Office, Andy Yeatman and his team at the Met Office for their support and wonderful hospitality yesterday.
We could not deliver the great programmes and events without the very valuable support of our sponsors, volunteers and the commitment of teachers/lecturers who lead the student companies through the year, so many thanks and appreciation to all of them. It is exciting and inspirational to see the calibre of the student companies, the future of our region is in good hands.
We wish the team from Ilfracombe Academy the very best of luck at the Nationals in London, and to all of the student companies who have participated in the Company Programme this year, it has been a pleasure and privilege to work with you.
If you would like to know more about volunteering or supporting Young Enterprise please contact Marian Weston on [email protected] tel 07817 408434.