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The Cheshire final of the Young Enterprise awards has been recently held at the University of Chester’s Business School.

Twelve teams from across Cheshire and Warrington competed throughout a lively afternoon and evening of interviews, presentations and guest speakers. The team winning Company of the Year was Green Bean from Abbey Gate College in Chester, who with the runner up company, Tytherington Eco Cups from Tytherington High will go on to represent the county at the North West Regional Company of the Year final in Lancaster on May 8 2019.

Participating schools included Abbey Gate College, Barrow Hall College, Blacon High School, Cheshire College West, Tytherington High, Alderley Edge School for Girls, St Nicholas RC High, Wilmslow High, Christleton High, Cheshire College South, and Queen’s Park High School.

Young Enterprise is a national charity which works to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to succeed in the changing world of work. This year, students across the country have set up almost 1,000 companies over the academic year, making all the decisions about their business, from deciding the company name and product, to creating a business plan, managing their finances and selling their products.

The winning team, Green Bean created and sold mini bean bags made from recyclable materials, as a stress aid and to assist in developing fine motor skills. The runners up were Tytherington Eco Cups created and sold environmentally friendly cups.

The companies were judged by Simon Williams (Jolliffe and Co. LLP); Colin Potts (Chester Business School); Kerry Hall (Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub); Catherine Andrews (Solvay) and Helen White (Cheshire West Voluntary Action).

Lisa Conway, Senior Lecturer at Chester Business School and Chair of Young Enterprise board in Cheshire and Warrington, said: “We were delighted to host the County Final at Chester Business School and to support these brilliant budding entrepreneurs  from across Cheshire and Warrington.  Our campus and facilities provide an inspiring setting for young adults pursuing their interests in business and creative entreprise and these talented young people seemed right at home here presenting their ideas with total professionalism”.

The judges also awarded trophies for Teamwork, Sustainability, Digital Presence and Customer Service to students from Christleton High School, Wilmslow High School, Cheshire College South and West and Blacon High School.  The event included a talk by guest speaker Eric Bishyika, a 22-year-old award-winning Young Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Chairman of the Business Incubator Group, and Managing Director of My Design and Print.

Lisa added “Chester Business School students also participate in Young Enterprise at a University level and this year our team Goat Tree staved off tough competition to win overall at the North West Start-Up final, and will soon compete at a national event.”

If your school or business would like to support Young Enterprise in Cheshire and Warrington please contact: suzanne.lockwood@y-e.org.uk

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