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Young Entrepreneurs rise to the challenge

Young people from schools across North Wales took part recently in the North Wales Young Enterprise Finals to battle for places in the next stage of the competition in Cardiff.

Young Enterprise is a national education charity which aims to inspire and enable young people to learn and succeed through enterprise. It is currently FSB’s National Chairman’s nominated charity and has long been supported by North Wales and Chester Region FSB.  This year we once again sponsored the North Wales Finals and awards ceremony, which was held in Conwy Business Centre. Two programmes were competing; the Team Programme is for special schools of pupils with learning and other severe disabilities and the Company Programme is for mainstream schools. In all, seventeen Teams and Companies took part and were judged on various criteria, including their trade stand, company report, use of IT, marketing and the all-important four minute presentation.

Mike Learmond, FSB Development Manager and also Treasurer and member of the Young Enterprise North Wales Board said,

“I’ve been involved with Young Enterprise for ten years and this event continues to be the highlight of the year for me. The Young Enterprise ethos is ‘learning by doing’ and every year I am blown away by the business ideas and enthusiasm shown by these young people. Also, the confidence they show on stage when presenting their companies is amazing and they could show established businesses a thing or two on how to promote their products and services!”

Going forward to the Wales finals will be Tech-Ex from Bryn Elian High School Colwyn Bay, Odyssey from Dinas Brân High School Llangollen, and teams from Pengwern College Rhuddlan and Ysgol Maes Hyfryd Flint.

Young Enterprise in North Wales would love to hear from any business owners who would be willing to spend a little time in their local school mentoring the companies and teams for next year. Please contact Mike Learmond (contact details on the back cover) if you are interested.