Newcastle Students Bag Themselves Enterprise Trading Awards

Posted on the 12 February 2010

Newcastle Students Bag Themselves Enterprise Trading Awards

Newcastle students swept the board at the annual Young Enterprise North East (YENE) Trade Fair, where they were awarded by the standard of their business ideas and selling skills.

A record 44 student companies, who have set up their own businesses as part of their Young Enterprise programme set out their stalls at the Metro Centre last weekend to compete in the seven award categories.

The young tycoons all took part in the Young Enterprise Company, Team (special needs) or Graduate programmes, which saw them set up a real trading company, sell their innovative products to the public and learn all about business in the process.

Students from John Spence Community High School in Tyne and Wear scooped the Overall Winner Award with their company ‘Cookii Doh, which designs and prints bespoke t-shirts and badges.

Newcastle University graduates won the Best Graduate Programme category with their business ‘Queen Bee Candles’, - an eco friendly candle making company that also raises money to 'save the bees'.

The Most Creative Company award went to students from Newcastle College who set up ‘Button your Face’ - a company that designs and prints coloured textiles that cover buttons and turns them into jewellery. Students from Newcastle Church High School won the Best use of Sales and Marketing award for their promotion of their business ‘Bright Life Books’.

Northumbria University students won the Best Trade Stand category, ‘Wooden Spoon’ set out their stall with a student cookbook, which includes recipes that take a twist on classic student meals.

Students from Oakleigh Gardens school in Cleadon, South Tyneside scooped the Best Team Programme’ Award with their company, ‘Del Boy Enterprises’, which produces handmade fridge magnets, jewellery, bookmarks and tea lights all for just £1.00.

Taking an award for south of the Tyne was students from Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough, who won the Best Product award for their business ‘Elftopia’, which has designed a children's game to encourage healthy eating and lifestyle.

The companies were judged on their business models on the day by members of the local business community including, ONE North East’s Enterprise Specialist Adviser Angela Craggs, Kristina Henry from the Home Group and Peter Wagstaff at Coutts banking.

Speaking of the event, chief executive of Young Enterprise North East Catherine Marchant said: “The Young Enterprise Trade Fair is always a day I always look forward to. It is just lovely to see the student’s businesses come to life and see how their entrepreneurial spirit really does shine when they leave the classroom and sell to the public in a real shopping mall.

“All of the students were great contenders and it was a real achievement for them to make it to the Trade Fair to learn about selling in a real trading world.

“Overall the judges were impressed with the high standard achieved from all schools and colleges involved and we want to again thank everyone involved for the support Young Enterprise has received from local schools and businesses.”

Judge Angela Craggs said: “The Young Enterprise North East Trade Fair at the Metro Centre was a great day and all of the young people were truly inspirational.”