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For Brandon Relph Young Enterprise was the kickstart he needed

Posted on January 31, 2020at 10:37 am

Eastbourne based Brandon Relph is proving beyond doubt that if you have the right skills-set there are plenty of opportunities to carve a successful future.

The 19 year old was already working on his first business when he asked to participate in the Young Enterprise Company Programme in Year 10, at the age of just 14.  As Deputy Managing Director and IT Director for his YE company, Quantique, he was able to gain valuable experience, trading and networking, as well as making presentations and teamworking which helped him in ways his own IT gaming business could not.

Now on this third business he has learned a great deal and used much of that learning to decide on where the business opportunity is now.  He believes that over a 50 year working life young people may now have ten different careers.  So the broad range of skills and flexibility he learned that precious year on the YE Company Programme at Bishop Bell School, now St Catherine’s College, have been vital. The team won the local finals, were Sussex company of the year and were awarded Runner Up at the South East Finals

Since 2015 Brandon has set up a business consultancy working with large organisations on developing their strategy for working with young people.  Also, his latest embryonic business, to be launched early in 2020, is a TV production company aimed specifically at providing multi-platform programmes for under 24 year olds.  Brandon is well-placed, having built a network of excellent contacts and, having recognised a market need, he is capitalising on the demographic he knows and understands well.

Over the years Brandon has kept in close contact with the senior management at Young Enterprise.  He has helped judge the competition and compered regional heats, which has given him plenty of opportunities to meet with and talk to many of the groups of students participating.  He is inspired by the movement towards sustainable businesses as evidenced by recent companies.

Brandon said, “Young people are focusing on our environment and building their businesses around products that are either recycled or help to stop the pollution of the environment. Digital skills are also very important for all businesses and Young Enterprise is focusing attention on that development.

“For me it is wonderful to see how passionate the teams are about our environment. It is important to see how they are thinking and what they plan for their own future. They are budding entrepreneurs and employees, really eager to do well.  The world of work is constantly changing but the Young Enterprise Company Programme teaches all the core skills they will need when they enter the workforce including resilience and flexibility.

“We are now in a period of dramatically shifting times when society is changing considerably. People starting new businesses will be ensuring they are more sustainable.  Having the confidence that comes from running a business in a safe environment makes a huge difference to your approach to the world of work because anything is possible and you understand what is required of you and how to find the skills you need to make things happen.

“Companies can get left behind very quickly,” he added. “My new venture is already disrupting the ‘old school’ industry of television, and people need to realise that things must be done differently.  I am only too aware that we need to be prepared for how the world is changing and how flexible we need to be to capitalise on it. I am incredibly optimistic as I am working with some amazing people.

Brandon concluded, “Hopefully many more young people will have the opportunity I enjoyed through Young Enterprise now that all schools have an enterprise adviser and since OFSTED school inspections now focus on how well schools meet the national careers guidance benchmarks.”

For further information about Young Enterprise locally, please visit www.yeew.org.uk or call Matt Ryan on 07867 001515.

Season’s Greetings from Young Enterprise

Posted on December 17, 2019at 1:00 pm

As we come to the end of a very successful year for Eastbourne and Wealden Schools in the Young Enterprise Company Programme we wish everyone who has been part of the programme and all the schools who are participating in programmes this year, as well as all sponsoring organisations and volunteers, a very peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and a successful and Happy New Year.

Do please check the website for dates for this school year and for some of the highlights of the last year.

New Year and New Challenges

In the new year the Young Enterprise day programmes Launch Pad and Learn to Earn will begin again for 12-19 year olds.

Launch Pad

is a fast-paced, engaging enterprise challenge which provides an introduction to employabilityskills. It meets six of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks on Good Careers Guidance.

Students work alongside inspiring Business Volunteers who support students to discover more about themselves and develop key skills which are valued in the workplace. Through a series of hands on, fun activities students work in teams on the early stages of launching a fledgling business, balancing a budget as well as creating a brand identity and marketing strategy. Students learn about their personal strengths and preferences and what this means for both working in a team and for their own development. They learn to appreciate the importance of teamwork and learn more about different roles that contribute to running a business.

Learn to Earn

helps young people learn to make informed choices about future careers In a rapidly changing world and also contributes towards six of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

Students are encouraged to consider financial plans for the future, set goals and think about their future study options. Learn to Earn provides students with a clearer understanding of the routes to jobs and careers that they will find engaging and rewarding. It widens students’ horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises aspirations. The programme provides students with knowledge of the skills necessary to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life. Themes such as personal skills and talents, career choices, recruitment, job interviews, salaries, earnings, tax and the cost of living, financial planning and budgeting are explored through hands on practical activities. Students have the opportunity to learn about the job and career opportunities available, and to consider how their personal strengths and preferences may fit with different career paths.

Further details can be found at www.yeew.org.uk. Any schools wishing to run a day programme in early 2020 please call Matt Ryan on 07867 001 515 or email matt.ryan@y-e.org.uk.

In the meantime, Seasons Greetings from us all at Young Enterprise.

Play Your Part

Posted on September 26, 2019at 12:54 pm

Step Up to Help the Company Programme in 2019-20.

As we enter the new Young Enterprise Company year over the next few weeks, we need your support! The programme makes a significant difference to the young people that participate, providing them with employability and career experience plus a significant increase in self-confidence.

Schools & Colleges:The time is now to sign up to the programme. You will be provided with a business adviser and the support of the local Young Enterprise Manager and Board. All we need is for you to nominate or volunteer as a link teacher, which only requires one to two hours of your time per week.

Business People: We need you as business advisers. Share your experience and expertise with the young people, coaching and cajoling them to establish their company, decide on the products and services to offer, agree roles and positions and get selling. Everything that a real company does. Support generally requires up to two hours of your time a week during term times.

To learn more, we have a special evening on Monday 7th October when we will also take time to train new link teachers and business advisers in how the programme works and the online facilities available.

The event is to be held at Bucklers, in St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham (BN27 2JA) from 6 until 7.30 pm. Coffee and cake will be provided!

We would love to see you there. You can book your tickets on:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/young-enterprise-launch-event-east-sussex-tickets-73844519947

For further information please drop a line to Matt Ryan, the local Young Enterprise Manager (matt.ryan@y-e.org.uk) or contact him for further information on 07867 001 515.

Thanks and regards

Young Enterprise

Free Young Enterprise Thermal Mug

Posted on August 30, 2019at 12:52 pm

Hope you had a good summer break.

We would like to talk to you about the benefits of the Young Enterprise Company Programme and how it can help meet your objectives for student employability and financial skills, the Gatsby benchmarks and benefit your next Ofsted inspection.

With efforts to reduce plastic now having a high-profile, one of the Young Enterprise companies recently sold paper straws in attractive colours (we sent some samples to you in the post in July) and thermal mugs.  If you agree to a short meeting we will be delighted to present you with a thermal mug; part of our contribution to saving the planet.

The Young Enterprise Company Programme ticks all the boxes.  With the current focus on employment skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship, participating ensures that your students learn key skills such as teamwork, leadership, money management, presentation skills and gain hugely in their personal self-confidence.

From your own perspective, the programme also helps meet seven out of eight key Gatsby benchmarks.

We would like to take just 20 minutes of your time to share with you further details.  To arrange a short meeting or telephone discussion please email Matt Ryan (matt.ryan@y-e.org.uk) or call him on 07867 001515.

Good luck Unum at the South East Finals

Posted on June 04, 2019at 12:49 pm

For the first time in a few years, a team from Eastbourne and Wealden have got through to the South East Finals of the Young Enterprise Company Programme to be held this year in the HG Wells Conference Centre at Woking on 5 June.

Unum, from Eastbourne College, have demonstrated their innovation, tenacity and excellent business skills gained from the programme and will be competing with nine other teams from Hampshire, Channel Islands, Surrey, Kent as well as the other

Sussex finalist, Tok, from Hurstpierpoint College.

The strong message from many of the companies in this final is cutting back on single use plastics by having reusable products or recycling materials for products.

The winner of this heat will go through to the national final to be held in London in July.

Good luck Unum we will be rooting for you. You should be very proud of yourselves as competition has been fierce this year and any team that reaches this stage is a solid winner.

 

Do join us for the Thank You Event on 11 June

 

If you are interested in Young Enterprise and are considering how the Company Programme or other day programmes might help schools meet the Gatsby Standards as these are now very much a part of the Ofsted inspection, do join us and see how this can work for you with just a little input from the school.

Similarly, if you wish to familiarise yourself with the programme and its impact on young people, this event will give you an opportunity to meet some of the students who have participated this year and hear their experiences.

The event will be from 5.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday, 11 June at Eastbourne Town Hall. Please let Matt Ryan know you wish to attend, for catering purposes, by Friday 7 June by emailing matt.ryan@y-e.org.uk or by calling 07867 001515.

Eastbourne college go through to the Sussex Finals with a Very High Quality Performance from all Teams

Posted on May 07, 2019at 12:49 pm

In a very closely fought contest at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on 25th April, the Unum team from Eastbourne College showed their strengths. The 15 strong team participating in the Young Enterprise Company Programme won the awards for Best Website, Best Branding and Best Presentation before going on to be awarded Best Company for Eastbourne and Wealden.

Closely following behind them were the New Oceans team of four girls from Mayfield School who won the Best Team Interview and Customer Service award and were highly commended for the Best Website and Best Company Report. In addition the Managing Director and Finance Director of New Oceans, Baillie Paterson, won the Young Achiever award.

Scribble, one of the two teams from Gildredge House School won the Best Product or Service award and were highly commended for their Presentation, as their Powerpoint slides stood out from the others. Scribble had designed and printed colouring and puzzle books to help children and adults de-stress. The first was geographical to encourage an understanding of other countries and their cultures, while the second focused on a range of future careers.

This year was the first time the Eastbourne and Wealden teams shared their finals showcase with Brighton & Hove and Lewes and so there were a total of 11 teams competing for the awards and places in the Sussex finals.   The teams from Eastbourne & Wealden won five out of the seven functional awards. The judges said that each year the standards are rising and so it becomes more challenging to determine the winning companies.

All of the Eastbourne and Wealden teams were all very well prepared with the fourth team, Vertex from Gildredge House, also giving a well thought through and confident presentation without needing to refer to notes. In the last two months they have changed their product line from eco-friendly gardening kits to school survival kits for students about to go into exams, as all the contents were approved by exam boards and designed to take the stress out of exams by helping those less organised in their preparations.

 

Unum from Eastbourne College go through to the Regional Finals

 

The Eastbourne College Unum team then triumphed at the prestigious Sussex finals on 1st May hosted at the Ricardo Centenary Innovation Centre at Shoreham airport. The Unum team won the Best Teamwork award, the Customer Service award and were the winners of the Best Company award, sending them through to the South East Regional Finals on 5th June to be held at the HG Wells Theatre in Woking.

The runner up this year was Tok a company team from Hurstpierpoint College who were engraving animals onto glass water bottles. Like Unum they made an excellent presentation and they also won the sustainability award.

Six companies competed in the Sussex showcase: Sussex Candle Company from the Arun and Chichester area, Soteria and Sound Waves from the Brighton & Hove and Lewes area, Felis from the South Downs area, Tok from the Crawley, Horsham & Mid Sussex area and Unum from Eastbourne & Wealden.

There will be ten companies competing for a place in the National finals which take place later in June at Southbank, London, and the winner will go through to the international finals in early July to be held in Paris and hosted by President Macron.

Come and See Young Enterprise in Action at the Amex on 25th April

Posted on April 23, 2019at 12:37 pm

It’s the Big Match! The finals, of this year’s Young Enterprise Company programme, combining Eastbourne & Wealden with Brighton, Hove & Lewes areas.

Come and see the team members make their presentations on their achievements and the benefits they have gained from their participation, plus see their trade stands and their products for sale, with entertaining speeches and music from BIMM Brighton musicians.

It’s all happening on Thursday 25th April, with doors opening at 5.00pm and the presentations kicking off at 6.00pm. Refreshments will be served and music played while the judges deliberate and then the prestigious awards will be made.

We would love you and/or your colleagues to be there. To assist us with catering, please register by visiting our website: www.yeew.org.uk/area-finals.

It’s the big finals, when the teams come out to play and demonstrate their skills. With trophies and cups for the winners (thanks to our generous sponsors). We hope to see you there.

Young Enterprise Can Help Meet your Careers Objectives – Join Us at The Amex Stadium for The Area Showcase & Finals

Posted on April 16, 2019at 12:35 pm

Come to this year’s Young Enterprise Showcase and Finals at the Amex Stadium on the evening of the 25th April and see an exciting way that you can meet your careers commitments for the Gatsby benchmarks and Ofsted assessments.

With Ofsted now assessing performance for CIAEG (Careers Information Advice & Educational Guidance) and performance against the Gatsby benchmarks as one of the priorities in their inspections, meeting the standards and your commitments in this respect is becoming more and more important. The Young Enterprise Company programme provides an exciting, engaging, fulfilling and highly successful method of compliance whilst also achieving great outcomes for individual students.

Young Enterprise ticks seven out of the eight Gatsby benchmarks, but most importantly it also equips young people for the world of work, increasing their understanding of both employment and entrepreneurship (and intrapreneurship) whilst also improving their self-presentation, teamwork, leadership skills and self-confidence.

Come to the Young Enterprise Finals

Amex Stadium 25th April 5.30 for 6.00 Start

Come and see Young Enterprise in action. See the products and services that the teams have developed and sold, their trade stands, their presentations and, most importantly, what they have achieved and gained from the programme. You will also have the chance to meet those on the local Young Enterprise Boards and local businesses who believe in and sponsor the Young Enterprise programme in the area.

Bring your appropriate colleagues or, if you cannot make it to the event, please pass this invitation on. To confirm numbers, please visit our website to register:

www.yeew.org.uk/area-finals

We look forward to seeing you there. If you need any further information beforehand or indeed would like to meet the local Young Enterprise Manager, Matt Ryan, sooner please contact him on: 07867 001515 / matt.ryan@y-e.org.uk.

Come and See Young Enterprise in Action at the Amex on 25th April

Posted on April 05, 2019at 12:32 pm

It’s the Big Match! The finals, of this year’s Young Enterprise Company programme, combining Eastbourne & Wealden with Brighton, Hove & Lewes areas.

Come and see the team members make their presentations on their achievements and the benefits they have gained from their participation, plus see their trade stands and their products for sale, with entertaining speeches and music from BIMM Brighton musicians.

It’s all happening on Thursday 25th April, with doors opening at 5.00pm and the presentations kicking off at 6.00pm. Refreshments will be served and music played while the judges deliberate and then the prestigious awards will be made.

We would love you and/or your colleagues to be there. To assist us with catering, please register by visiting our website: www.yeew.org.uk/area-finals.

It’s the big finals, when the teams come out to play and demonstrate their skills. With trophies and cups for the winners (thanks to our generous sponsors). We hope to see you there.

Having Fun and Enjoying Enterprising Opportunities

Posted on March 15, 2019at 9:58 am

The Eastbourne Beacon Centre was even livelier than usual last Saturday, the 9th March, when the teams participating in the Young Enterprise Company Programme set up their stands to sell their products in the shopping mall.

The teams had all begun their businesses before Christmas and the trade fair provided a great opportunity to sell directly to the public and gain precious new skills, as well as finding out how popular their products were with the shoppers.

Two teams from Gildredge House, Vertex and Scribble, were selling eco-friendly gardening kits (seeds, soil, pots and even name tags for the seeds) and their own colouring and word search books to enable users to take a break from stress and electronic entertainment.

Unum, the 15-strong team from Eastbourne College had their own range of jewellery on sale for Mother’s Day and other treats with the motto One Chain, One Link, Two People.

The fourth company was New Oceans from Mayfield School for Girls who are passionate about saving the oceans by “Saying NO to Plastic pollution”. They were selling double wall metal and plastic water bottles and biodegradable paper straws that don’t go soggy.

Unum won the award for Best Stand and New Oceans won the award for Best Customer Service, while Vertex, from Gildredge House came out tops with the Mystery Shopper award.

Each of the teams is now working on their presentations, company reports and other elements of the competitive part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme with more confidence and the trade fair successes behind them. These will be presented at the local finals at the Amex Stadium on the 25th April.

If you missed the trade fair, you can catch up with some of the companies’ products by going to www.ye-marketplace.org.uk the new sales platform where Young Enterprise companies across the UK can sell their products online. For further details about the charity in the local area please go to www.yeew.org.uk