Eleven teams of enterprising Further and Higher Education students from across the UK went head to head to be named Best Overall Company at the Young Enterprise Start Up Proramme Final 2018, supported by HSBC, The Marketing Trust, Russel Ulyett Financial Services, Ernst Young Foundation, Costa, Dunelm and The Anjool Maldé Memorial Trust on the 9th May at Loughborough College.
Cornish Essence, from Truro and Penwith College in Cornwall scooped the top prize of the evening. The team created visually and aromatically pleasing air fresheners and candles, inspired by Cornwall’s exquisite character and themed by its bloom, coast, heritage and landscape. The products entice nostalgia and stimulate the senses via the combination of fragrances with MVT Photography images. The judges were blown away by the teams targeted marketing and professional business model. The team will now go on to represent the UK in Riga at the European final.
Cornish Essence said:
‘’We are absolutely delighted to have won Company of the Year at the Young Enterprise Start Up Programme UK final and feel honoured and proud to represent the UK at the European finals in Latvia next month. It was a tough competition against 10 other universities who all did really well. The team has worked exceptionally hard and I cannot thank those who have supported us enough. A special thank you to Young Enterprise for providing us with these amazing opportunities and introducing us to a network of professionals.’’
There were eleven teams representing regions across the UK, competing for eight awards. The teams had all gone through a rigorous series of local and area finals to reach the UK Final.
The Start Up Programme has been specifically designed for Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) to enhance educational experience and deepen learning. By participating in the programme students not only understand what skills employers are looking for but have the opportunity to develop, apply and model these skills in a business environment.
The Student of the Year- Anjool Maldé Award for Enterprise and Innovation which recognises the achievements of students on the Start Up Programme was awarded to Sophie Westwood from West College Scotland. This award is kindly supported by The Anjool Maldé Memorial Trust who provide a £1000.00 cash prize to the winner.
Sophie Westwood, West College Scotland said:
‘’What an experience these last few days have been. I have been awarded ‘Young Enterprise Student of the Year’ and couldn’t be happier with the outcome!! The first of many awards, hopefully, couldn’t have done it without such a supportive team, you guys are the best! The hard work pays off in the end’’
Young Enterprise alumna Mina Karshala hosted the evening, alongside one of the UK’s leading property experts- Analyst and Commentator Kate Faulkner.
Jennifer Crawley, UK Head of Performance for Business Banking Small Businesses, HSBC UK, said:
‘’The Young Enterprise scheme is a unique platform that enables young people to gain the skills employers are looking for and apply them in a business environment. We’re delighted to support Young Enterprise and I was incredibly inspired by the students who attended this year’s Young Enterprise Start-Up Final. Their business acumen, flair, creativity and enthusiasm gives me great hope for our next generation of business owners who will help the UK economy to grow and prosper.’’
Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise, said:
“I’d like to congratulate the students from Cornish Essence for winning Young Enterprise Start Up Programme Company of the Year Award. Young Enterprise firmly believe developing creativity and employability skills can have a real impact on young people’s futures.’’
“You don’t get this stuff from a text book and we are greatly encouraged by our research which shows that 84% of participating students reported that they now understand what it takes to set up and run their own business.’’
Full list of competing teams and prizes:
Overall Start Up Company of the Year- Cornish Essence, Truro and Penwith College
Student of the Year- Sophie Westwood, West College Scotland
Award for Marketing Excellence- Meal Mate, Liverpool Hope University
Best Presentation- Capacity, Loughborough College
Best Exhibition Stand- Tinctura, Edge Hill University
Best Pitch Deck- Tyton, Kingston University
Promotional Video of the Year Award- Get Your Juice Out, Manchester Met University
Enterprise Ambassador of the Year Award- Iqbal Ullah, Loughborough College