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Young Enterprise in Greater Peterborough 


Newsletter - July 2002

 

Many Schools and Colleges in Greater Peterborough participate in Young Enterprise. In the course of the 2001/02 academic year 16 Secondary Schools, two Special Schools and five Primary Schools took part in four different Young Enterprise programmes.

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Briefly, Young Enterprise is an organisation that develops links between Schools and businesses and public sector organisations, such as, the Police Service. All of our programmes depend upon the active involvement of volunteers who participate by becoming Business Advisers to the Company Programme and Team Programme, keynote speakers at our Entrepreneurship MasterClass or deliverers of a Primary Programme module (five lessons) to primary school pupils.

The Company and Team Programmes, open to students aged 15 - 19 years, have become the core of our local Young Enterprise development strategy. Although Team Programme is a more flexible programme, participants of both schemes set up and run their own company, undertaking all the key roles and responsibilities that a real life company would encounter. It comes as some relief to the Young Enterprise Company that they have the opportunity to call upon their Business Adviser for practical advice that they too have learnt through their own workplace experiences. Along side the School's Link Teacher, the Business Adviser also motivates and offers encouragement to their Company.

To provide Young Enterprise Companies with a customer based selling environment the Greater Peterborough Board of Young Enterprise arrange a number of trade fairs around the region. At each venue a Best Trade Stand competition is organised to improve Company standards. A local dignitary or business-person is invited to judge the trade stands and present small cash prizes, sponsored by the YE board, to the winners and runners up. This year's winners included: Diamond Ring of Jack Hunt School, Crescent of Wisbech Grammar School, Buzz of Stamford High School and Oxygen2 of Peterborough High School, with a special mention to Heltwate Hounds of Heltwate School.

To measure outcomes, quality and standards, Young Enterprise students are invited to attend two assessment sessions. Here students are individually assessed according to their particular role within their Young Enterprise Company and the best of each category are awarded prizes, with additional awards going to the overall best company, the best managing director and best individual achiever.

Many awards are sponsored by local organisations such as Anne Corder Recruitment, N & P Building Society, BMS Management Software, Budget Insurance Services and Peterborough Professional Bodies. The sponsors presented their awards to the winners at the Young Enterprise Presentation Evening that was held at Peterborough's Town Hall on 17 May 2002. The 2002 Best Company Award went to 'Crescent' of Wisbech Grammar School. Alannah Di Cataldo of Stanground College was awarded the Best Managing Director's Award and Jessica Stewart of The King's School was the Best Individual Achiever.

Individual directorship awards were presented to: 
Laura Winstone of Stamford High School (Best Production Director); Lucinda Hearth of Stamford High School (Best Human Resources Director); Manasi Ingle of Stamford High School (Best Company Secretary); Harry Cheung of Wisbech Grammar School (Best ICT Director); Jessica Stewart of The King's School (Best Marketing Director); Tim Baldwin of The King's School (Best Finance Director) and; Samantha McPherson of Peterborough High School (Best Sales Director). The award for best product went to 'Elementz' of The King's School and the award for best trade stand at the presentation evening went to Buzz of Stamford High School.

In addition to local awards two students were nominated for national awards. Jessica Stewart of the The King's School was awarded the Founder's Award for exceptional personal progress while participating in the Company Programme. In her initial reaction to the Award Jessica said 'that she hoped that working with the scheme will enrich my future prospects as a student and a professional'. Jessica received her award on 23 July 2002 at the Savoy Hotel, London. Although he did not win the national award, John Cox of the Priory School Spalding, was nominated for the Sir John Moore's Award for personal progress while participating in Team Programme. His nomination was still a great achievement.

To conclude a very busy year for YE in Greater Peterborough Ian Bishop of Wisbech Grammar School was chosen to represent Young Enterprise UK at the The Marmon Group Global Trade Institute in Chicago Illinois USA from 19 to 25 June 2002. As one of 100 students from around the world, Ian participated in seminars and workshops. While at the Institute Ian studied in: understanding global trade; building character, teamwork skills and confidence and; discovering new and innovative business practices. On his return he said 'that he had had an amazing experience...' and '...given me inspiration, for so many things. Inspiration to succeed, to travel, to learn new languages.'

If you would like to become involved in Young Enterprise either as a volunteer Business Adviser or in some other way please contact [email protected] 

July 2002

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Article by: Nicola Bradley
Young Enterprise Development Manager, Greater Peterborough

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