Schools across Surrey and North Hampshire take up the Young Enterprise 2020 Company Programme entrepreneurial challenge

 Students from across Surrey and North Hampshire have taken up the challenge of building their own student companies by entering the 2020/21 Young Enterprise Company Programme.

And it is particularly challenging this year because of the restrictions both inside and outside schools caused by the nation’s efforts to control the spread of Covid-19. Much more online and remote support has been created for the students this year.

The teams are establishing their student companies, appointing Boards of directors and will be working hard to make their businesses a commercial success. They are busy raising start-up funds and developing their products or services to trade at school, at local fairs where possible, and on line at YE Trading Station, the brand new market place set up especially for the student companies.

They will go on to showcase their achievements at North and South Surrey finals next March, and have the opportunity to reach the Surrey final, the national final, and even enter the international competition for best student company from around Europe.

Schools that have already registered companies, often more than one, this year or are about to do so include:-

Claremont Fan Court School, Esher

Farnborough Hill, Farnborough

Gordon’s School, Woking

Halliford School, Shepperton

Heathside School, Weybridge

Royal Grammar School, Guildford

St John the Baptist, Woking

St Swithuns’, Winchester

The Royal School, Hindhead

Winchester College

Each student company will open a business bank account with HSBC, issue shares to fund their enterprise, develop and design a new product or service, and trade in the months leading up to the area showcase. They choose directors from within the team and work together to make their companies a trading success.

In March they will be judged on how well their company has done, on the report and accounts and the company advert that they create, and how well they present themselves and their company at the finals.

In the spirit of Young Enterprise the students will be “learning by doing”. They will learn about business, teamwork and how to meet new challenges, all key employability skills. Most teams make a significant profit and earn dividend income for their shareholders. They will all have a special experience to add to their cvs

For further information contact:

John Alves, Chairman of Young Enterprise Surrey North. [email protected]

Danesh Amin, Chairman of Young Enterprise Surrey South

[email protected]

Lynne Skinner, Area Manager Young Enterprise, Surrey & North Hampshire

[email protected]

John Rudofsky, Business Adviser. Tel. 07876 216400

Young Enterprise in Surrey is supported by Procter & Gamble, Bank of America, Thorpe Park, 3 Counties Business Club, Double Tree by Hilton and Intertec.

About Young Enterprise

 Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills

  • Every year we work directly with over 250,000 young people, and support 9,000 teachers in both enterprise and financial education, with the help of more than 7,000 volunteers and 3,500 businesses
  • We believe that the potential of the UK’s young people is unlimited, and an academic education on its own is not enough. Our mission is to empower young people to discover, develop and celebrate their skills and potential
  • Through our hands-on employability and financial education programmes and resources and teacher training, we want to eradicate youth unemployment, help young people realise their potential beyond education and empower a generation to learn, to work and to live
  • Founded in 1962, we are part of global network JA-YE operating in 120 countries
  • For more information on Young Enterprise please see www.young-enterprise.org.uk or email [email protected].