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The Cheshire and Warrington final of the Young Enterprise award for schools was held recently at the University of Chester’s Business School.

Twelve teams from across Cheshire and Warrington competed throughout a lively afternoon and evening of interviews, presentations and guest speakers. The team winning Company of the Year was Green Bean from Abbey Gate College in Chester, who on May 8th were awarded ‘NW Company of the Year’ and ‘Best Presentation’ at the North West finals at Lancaster University.

Participating schools included Abbey Gate College, Barrow Hall College, Blacon High School, Cheshire College West, Tytherington High, Alderley Edge School for Girls, St Nicholas RC High, Wilmslow High, Christleton High, Cheshire College South, and Queen’s Park High School.

Young Enterprise is a national charity which works to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to succeed in the changing world of work. This year, students across the country have set up almost 1,000 companies over the academic year, making all the decisions about their business, from deciding the company name and product, to creating a business plan, managing their finances and selling their products.

The winning team, Green Bean created and sold mini bean bags made from recyclable materials, as a stress aid and to assist in developing fine motor skills. The runners up, Tytherington Eco Cups created and sold environmentally friendly cups.

The companies were judged by Simon Williams (Jolliffe and Co. LLP); Colin Potts (Chester Business School); Kerry Hall (Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub); Catherine Andrews (Solvay) and Helen White (Cheshire West Voluntary Action).

The judges also awarded trophies for Teamwork, Sustainability, Digital Presence and Customer Service to students from Christleton High School, Wilmslow High School, Cheshire College South and West and Blacon High School.

Simon Williams, Managing Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial at Jolliffes said; “It was a fantastic day and Jolliffes was happy to be involved. I really enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm and talent demonstrated by the students, qualities we look for in existing and potential recruits at Jolliffes. It is great to be able to support these brilliant budding entrepreneurs from across Cheshire and Warrington. We have a knack of spotting talented organisations and individuals and it is fantastic seeing them win the regional finals and go on to represent the North West at the UK finals. We wish them all the very best.”

Photo: Green Bean from Abbey Gate College in Chester, who with the runner up company, Tytherington Eco Cups from Tytherington High went on to represent the county at the North West Regional Company of the Year final in Lancaster on May 8, and won! Green Bean will be heading to the UK Finals to represent the North West in London in June.

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