Young Enterprise Teams Steal the Show


Five Essex school teams were crowned award winners at The Meadows as part of annual Young Enterprise programme that connects school children with the world of work by running their own business.

More than 55 local budding school age entrepreneurs took the opportunity to display and sell their products at the Meadows in Chelmsford on Thursday 9th March. Taking part were young people from schools all over Essex who had set up their own fully-fledged businesses as part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme scheme.  The scheme provides the opportunity to find out what it’s really like to set up and run a business.


As part of the programme businesses compete for awards in order to take part in Area Finals during the last week of March. The successful business(es) go forward to the County Finals in April 2017.  Essex has been successful in the past, with teams going as far as the National finals in both 2011 and 2016, and on to the European Finals once in 2010.


The Company programme is designed for students aged 15-19 years old who set up and run their own company over the course of an academic year, supported by a volunteer business advisor.  The programme includes marketing and financing a product or service of their own choice and exhibiting at Christmas and Easter Trade Fairs to test the appeal and value of their product by selling to the public.


This year’s judging panel included Thomas Utting from Fisher Jones Greenwood Solicitors, who this year sponsored Best Customer Service, along with Martin Stack from BNY Mellon, sponsor of the Judges Award, and new on board James Callaghan from Blue Sky Printing at The Meadows. The support from the sponsors, which also included e2v technologies and RedArch Associates Ltd, is invaluable in raising the appeal of the scheme for young people to showcase their abilities.


The Mayor, Councillor Patricia Hughes attended the event and presented prizes for Best Overall Company to elastoFit from King Edward Grammar School, Best Trade Stand to Catch & Co from Seevic College, Customer Service to FruitCuts from King Edward Grammar School and the Judges Award to eclectic from Colchester Royal Grammar School. Millennium from Chelmsford County High School for Girls was a strong runner up in the Best Overall Company category.


In addition two teams ran the Team Programme and Mae with Love from Penny Meadow Life Skill Centre won Best Overall whilst Rising Stars from Thriftwood won the Runners Up award.


Customers at The Meadows were impressed with the students’ approach and enthusiasm as well as the quality, innovation and variety of products available. Sue Patel, Manager of the Centre said, “We’re delighted to host this event for the 10th year. Supporting the student community in Chelmsford is important to us, as the essential business skills they learn might make them the future business leaders in Essex. This year we’ve offered retail space and both retail and marketing mentoring to the winners as an additional gesture of our support for the commitment they put into their businesses outside of their school day.”

Angela Hyde, YE Manager for Young Enterprise (Essex) said, “I would like to thank the public who supported this event by purchasing from the students business units, the Meadows for hosting this event once again, and our judges, sponsors, and the Mayor of Chelmsford for their invaluable experience and involvement.”

If you are interested in finding out more and getting involved, Young Enterprise is always seeking business volunteers to work with young people. Contact Young Enterprise:, or Angela Hyde directly on 07758 854215.