Stratton Upper School’s Young Enterprise company for 2017, YES, have won Best Overall Company in the Bedfordshire East Semi-Final. The event, held at Stratton on Tuesday 28th March, saw YES (Young Enterprise Stratton) claim their place at the Bedfordshire Final in May.
YES built their business on an idea to support the modern student. They sell wearable USB memory storage with homework and revision planners preloaded onto them. As well as winning the overall award, they also won Best Trade Stand, Presentation and Report.
Mike Desborough, YE Centre Lead at Stratton, was thrilled with the result: “I am tremendously proud of the team winning so many of the top awards. I’m looking forward to seeing them progress in the competition.”
Young Enterprise offers students a unique insight into the business world. Running throughout one academic year, students find out what it’s really like to set up and run a business. Students make all the decisions about their company, from deciding on the company name and product to creating a business plan, managing the company finances, selling to the public at trade fairs to ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes. All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise. The team would like to thank their Business Adviser, Sarah Khan for all her support and guidance.
Grace Gannon, YES Sales Director: “We found the year really valuable, learning business skills and working as a team to develop our final product. We are thrilled to have won Best Company which recognises our hard work and hours of preparation for the finals.”
YES are cautiously optimistic about their chances in the competition and are looking forward to the County Final. The YE Company Programme culminates in the UK Final with teams battling it out to be crowned UK Company of the Year and to go on to the JA-YE European Final.