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Notts FSB member helps enterprising youngsters win regional title

An FSB Member of over 12 years has helped a team of business-minded pupils win the regional Young Enterprise Awards for the East Midlands. 

Emrys Green who runs Cloud Artisans, a website development business based in Nottingham, has been volunteering as a business adviser to 17 sixth-form students from East Leake Academy who have been competing in the Young Enterprise Company Programme competition. 

The pupils, with Emrys’ support and guidance, first won in the Nottinghamshire county finals in May before going onto to defeat the winning teams from across the region on 4 June to become the East Midlands Company of the Year.  The competition was hosted by Nottingham Business School where Emrys is also an Alumni Fellow.

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They will now compete against the other regional winners for the title of UK Company of the year and the opportunity to represent the UK at the European competition in France.

This is Emrys’ first year advising the academy, and the first time in over 7 years that the school has progressed beyond the county finals.

The challenge for those entering the competition was to create a new start-up business, and the pupils set up Recycled Time which created clocks from vinyl records in a variety of styles and allowed for personalisation with them sourcing vinyl records from various artists over the years.  You can find out more about the team at recycledtime.uk 

Key to their success was the use of social media and use of online marketing, a new key criteria to the competition this year, which was supported by Emrys with his years of online business experience. 

Emrys said: “I am so proud of my Young Enterprise team with every single member of the team showing a dedication and passion to Recycled Time second to none. 

“Winning the Nottinghamshire Awards was a pretty good feeling for all of us but to now have been crowned the winners in the East Midlands is just an unbelievable achievement for the team.

“It has been a privilege to mentor my team and even though there were challenges on the way, including with team logistics and manufacturing material, by working together as a committed unit we always overcame them.”  

Young Enterprise is a national charity who specialise in enterprise education and financial education to build a successful and sustainable future for all young people.