Students from Farnborough Hill School were crowned Best Overall Company at the recent Young Enterprise Hampshire and IOW Showcase County Final.
The final, held at Ordnance Survey Headquarters, Southampton on the 25th Aril celebrated students who have set up and run a company over the academic year as part of the HSBC supported Young Enterprise Company Programme.
Students have made all the decisions about their business, from deciding the company name and product, to creating a business plan, managing their finances and selling their products.
Five teams from schools and colleges across Hampshire and IOW competed for prizes across many categories. The winning team (Purrrfect Paw Post from Farnborough Hill School) and the Runners up (PEAK from Christ The King College) will go on to represent Hampshire and IOW at the South East Final at the Guildford Cathedral on the 13th June.
FSB, represented on the judging panel, were proud to support the event and to help encourage students to be more business aware. The companies were judged by David Pollard - FSB, Raja Ali - IBD Partnership, Toni Sheppard - The Westbay Club, and Nick Giles - Ordnance Survey.
The winning team, Purrfect Paw Post, created a pet treat postal service, supplying dedicated pet lovers monthly high end treats. The team said that they were “thrilled to have won and to be going to the Regional finals!”
Chief Superintendent and Head of Intelligence and Analysis for Hampshire Constabulary, David Powell, attended as Key Note speaker. David gave an excellent talk on the “business of life” and made an inspiring speech regarding the transferable skills needed in enterprise, policing and wider life. David demonstrated from his own life experience how the skills learnt through The Young Enterprise Company Programme will be essential to becoming successful in life.
Bracey Parish, Regional Manager of Young Enterprise in the South East, said: “I would like to congratulate the students all the students involved. It's the ultimate measure of many months of hard work, representing their creativity, resilience and business acumen - I wish the top two teams the best of luck for the next round and beyond.
Mike Labell, long term YE volunteer said: “It was a really inspiring night – the enthusiasm and dedication of all the teams was infectious. They are truly amazing young people and will have demonstrated to the judges just what a small group of teenagers can achieve. Good luck to the two teams for the South East Finals, I will be there cheering them on! It is a privilege to be involved with YE”.
All the judges said how much fun it was to be involved and Raja Ali of the IBD Partnership said “how inspiring each and every team was in their innovative ideas”.
For more information contact Young Enterprise on 020 7330 9470 or email