Seevic students dominate Young Enterprise Final

Friday, 31 March 2017

IMG_9824Business students at Seevic College came out on top at the Young Enterprise Area Finals for South Essex, being crowned Best Overall Company.

Taking place on Thursday 30 March 2017, the competition saw the best young entrepreneurs from the region go head-to-head for a chance to represent the UK in the European Final of the Young Enterprise competition.

Each team operated a stand at the trade fair held at Seevic College, based in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, and delivered a presentation on their company’s mission, objectives, challenges, achievements and finances. Teams were all assessed by a panel of expert judges from the world of business.

Alongside six other teams from The Appleton School, Westcliff High School for Boys, Westcliff High School for Girls and Seevic College, the college’s Catch & Co. stormed ahead with an additional award of Best Company Report.

IMG_9859Champions Catch & Co. offer a product called Guess or Dare, a risky card game based around 30 questions.

After winning Best Overall Company, Jake Buck, 18, Managing Director of Catch & Co. said: “We are all really shocked – we didn’t think we were going to win as all of the other teams were so good.

“We’re really pleased, and can’t wait for the regionals in April!”

The college’s winning streak did not finish there, with other teams Avvolto and Just Hangin picking up awards for Best Trade Stand, the Judge’s Award and the Student Award.

Avvolto, who won the Judge’s Award, offer fashionable phone cases with a water marble design as well as tips on theft protection and battery life.

Scooping the award for Best Trade Stand and the Student Award for their Managing Director’s work, the college’s third team Just Hangin sell homemade personalised hangers from recycled materials.

IMG_9868The Young Enterprise Company Programme equips students in Further Education with the skills, attitudes and entrepreneurial experience needed to build successful careers, achieve real business success and foster enterprise skills for their future.

The programme is the largest leading Educational Charity, enabling young people to set up and run their own businesses, taking on roles from Human Resources and Sales to Marketing and Administration. 

Phillip Stone, Programme Coordinator for Business at the college, said: “All the students involved in this competition have gone above and beyond what is expected of them and should be hugely proud of their achievements.

“The competition demonstrated the value of great teamwork, communication skills and showing attention to detail. Being part of the competition has hugely increased the employability of all the young people involved.”

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