The Young Enterprise Final saw schools across Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen compete in a Company Programme or Team Programme. Both programmes involved students setting up their own enterprise and making all business decisions, from the company name and product, to managing finances and selling to the public at trade fairs.
This event was organised by the national charity Young Enterprise; which aims to reduce youth unemployment and help young people realise their potential, by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to succeed in the changing world of work.
Taking place at Coleg Gwent, Crosskeys, this event saw each school take part in a series of assessments including trade stand judging and presentations on 30th April.
As a result, the following awards were provided to:
- Company of the Year and The Chris Jarvis Award for Marketing – BTC Sales at St Martins School’s
- Team of the Year – Taste Budz at Islwyn High Special Resource Base
- Company of the Year Runner Up, Innovation Award and Young Woman Entrepreneur – Halfway There at Abertillery Learning Community
- Community Impact Award, Customer Service Award and Creativity Award – Dyffryn Bach at Idris Davies School
- Financial Management Award – Horizons at Lewis School Pengam
- Teamwork Award - Meet the Merch at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
- Best Presentation and Chair’s Award – Phoenix at Blackwood Comprehensive Award
- Sustainability Award – Crumlin’s Crafty Crew at Coleg Gwent Crosskeys ILS
The Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen Young Enterprise Final were sponsored by Transcend Packaging Ltd, along with Caerphilly County Borough Council, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Solar Windows Ltd, Chwarae Teg and DronEvolution Ltd.
A number of local businesses also supported this year’s Young Enterprise programmes. These businesses included Continental Teves, Values in Care, MII Engineering, General Dynamics, D S Smith, I G Doors, Williams Medical Supplies, Axiom Manufacturing Ltd, BBI Group, Biotage Ltd, Deregallera Ltd, Welsh ICE, Townsquare and Lenstec.
Cllr Philippa Marsden, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement said, “I would like to congratulate all schools involved in the Young Enterprise Final. The businesses that were set up were brilliant and show the skills and knowledge that our pupils have across the Caerphilly county borough. I would like to wish Islwyn High Special Resource Base and St Martin’s School the best of luck in the national finals.”
Andrew Cotton, South and Mid Wales Area Manager at Young Enterprise added, “We had some great companies started by students in the area this year and the judges were incredibly impressed with the products and services they had developed and the presentations they gave at the final. The awards highlighted how Young Enterprise programmes can inspire young people to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow and help them develop practical business skills while they are still at school.
Andrew continued, “I’d like to congratulate the students from St Martin’s and Islwyn High Special Resource Base for their professional approach to their businesses and for reaching the Wales National Finals - I wish them the best of luck.”
Jane Watts, Head of Islwyn High Special Resource Base said, “The Taste Budz team have had an amazing time and learnt many new skills during this competition and are looking forward to competing in the Welsh Finals in Cardiff on the 5th June."