Save our Seas founded and managed by students from Claremont Fan Court School, Esher, has won the Surrey Student Company of the Year competition organised by Young Enterprise at an exciting final showdown held at Epsom College. Aspire run by students from NESCOT, Ewell, was the runner-up in the competition.

They both now go through to the South East regional final to be held at Woking in June with the chance for one of them to progress to the national final in July.

The national final winner of Company Programme will represent the UK in the European final to be held this year in France and hosted by President Macron

All student companies taking part in Company Programme established their businesses at the beginning of the academic year. They raised initial funding for their operations through the issue of shares, designed and developed their main products and sold them at school, at trade fairs in Surrey, and online via the new online Young Enterprise Market Place.

Save our Seas developed ‘It’s a Wrap’- a reusable sandwich wrap. Aspire has designed and produced Plant Pottles, a self-watering plant pot to grow herbs, small plants and flowers. Both products strongly feature sustainability.

They gave outstanding company presentations to an audience made up of other schools taking part in the Surrey finals, local business leaders and invited guests including the Mayor and Consort of Elmbridge, Mayor and Consort of Epsom and Ewell, and the Mayor and Consort of Reigate and Banstead. The final was compered by Antonio Falco, Chairman of The Sales Director

The head of judges said: “Both winning companies have been very successful and well run by their student directors. They had well-thought out business plans, great product offerings and have shown amazing entrepreneurial talent. Just brilliant when they have so much else going on in and out of school during the year.”

The Best Product award went to Lady Write of Notre Dame School, Cobham and the Best Innovation award to DELTA of the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. Save our Seas also won a separate Best Digital Advert competition.

Eight teams made it through to the Surrey final out of 40 student companies formed by schools and colleges throughout Surrey. The finalists last night were from:-

NESCOT, Ewell
Gordon’s School, Chobham
Notre Dame School, Cobham
Claremont Fan Court School, Esher
Royal Grammar School, Guildford (two companies)
Guildford High School
Tormead, Guildford

The student teams had to learn how to run a company and work as a Board to grow their operations and make them a commercial success. The Young Enterprise Company Programme gives students greater self-awareness, first-hand experience of work and helps them develop employability skills they would not normally gain through their academic studies.

For further information contact:
Lynne Skinner – Area Manager, Young Enterprise, Surrey
Tel: 07834 609336
Lynne.skinner@ye.org.uk

John Rudofsky, Business Adviser
Tel: 07876 216400
john@jrconsulting.me