Students compete to be Young Enterprise UK Company of the Year

John O'Hanlon
- Leadership - Jun 29, 2015

Teams of enterprising students from across the UK will compete to be named Best Overall Company at the Young Enterprise Company Final. Supported by HSBC, the event takes place on the 2nd July at the BFI Southbank.

Fourteen teams will represent regions across the UK including Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Gibraltar competing for eight awards. The teams have all gone through a rigorous series of local and area finals to reach the UK Final.

The Company Programme is Young Enterprise’s flagship enterprise education programme, and is supported nationally by HSBC. Young people set up and run a business for an academic year, making, importing and selling products and services that have generated over £2 million of sales. The teams have been guided by local business mentors. The winner of the UK Final will go on to the European Final later in July in Berlin to compete against 37 other countries - last year the UK winner placed 2nd.

Taking part in Company, and other Young Enterprise programmes, encourages young people to get involved in business, which, in turn, creates a workforce of skilled businessmen and women who will have a positive impact on productivity and the economy.

Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive, Young Enterprise said: “The 14 teams here today have worked extremely hard, often during the first year of 6th Form.  I have seen some of the companies at our trade fairs and watched their presentations at regional finals and standards are extremely high. 

“Our Company students learn and develop their productivity, creativity, confidence and communication skills, improving their future potential as they near the end of their school lives.”

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