It’s always an uplifting experience attending the annual Shropshire Young Enterprise presentation awards evening.
The event celebrates the achievements of around 400 students across the county, aged 15 to 19, who set up their own company within school or college spending a year making it pay and prosper.
Managing Director of Always Consult, Carol Ewels, attended the 2019 awards ceremony and dinner at the Telford Centre Hotel on Thursday, 2nd May and once again she was so impressed by the innovative and creative ideas the youngsters developed to establish successful businesses.
“It really is awe-inspiring to see and hear what they’ve achieved. There are winners in 29 different categories, but really, there are no losers, as each and every student involved in the scheme has put in a magnificent effort. They and the teachers who assist them, are a credit to their schools and colleges.”
Under the Young Enterprise company programme, students form teams as directors of their new company and establish a business. The companies trade and compete throughout the academic year and then present a formal report and presentation which are judged along with their trade fair.
Trevor Lawrence, chair of the Young Enterprise Volunteer Board, said:
Over the last school year, the students learn how to run a business – problem solving, teamwork, financial management, IT skills – ready for going out into the world of work. We equip young people with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the changing world of work. They try their hands at running a business to increase knowledge and develop skills employers are looking for.
Winner of the top award, Shropshire Company of the Year, was Scrambled from Idsall School, Shifnal who now go forward to the West Midlands final in Birmingham on June 6.
Guest speaker, Kelda Wood, became the first para rower to solo cross the Atlantic Ocean, completing the 3,543 nautical miles in 76 days and raising more than £52,000 for charity. In describing her epic crossing, she took on the challenge to help support, motivate and inspire young people. She told the audience, who gave her a rapturous ovation:
To try is to succeed.
Always Consult were pleased to sponsor one of the awards for the 6th year running. Congratulations to Vintology from the Marches School, Oswestry for winning the best Customer Interaction category.
Carol Ewels says “I was also delighted to be among five recipients of long service awards from national Young Enterprise. My certificate was for nine years participation with YE in Shropshire”.