Local Teams Make Early Sales Success

Posted on February 26, 2017at 3:34 pm

This year’s major trade fair for the local Young Enterprise board, held in the Arndale Centre recently, proved another great success.  Not only were strong sales reported by the companies present from the local schools and colleges but also the feedback about the event was excellent.

All of the teams competing in this year’s Young Enterprise competition in the Eastbourne and Wealden area were present at the fair.  Products on offer included Valentine’s Day gift bags and a fantastic range of Eastbourne souvenirs.  A video of the event, kindly made by Eastbourne Buzz, can be seen here:

There were two awards presented on the day.  That for Best Customer Service, sponsored by Bespoke Training (Eastbourne), was won by ‘Chromatic’ from St Catherine’s College.  Meanwhile, the prize for Best Trade Stand, supported by The Arndale Centre, was awarded to ‘Millennium +’ from Ratton School.

In addition, the Mystery Shopper award was professionally assessed by Shoppers Anonymous in a completely discreet manner.  None of the teams and even the representatives from the Eastbourne & Wealden Young Enterprise Board know who the shopper is. The results, together with a professional report for each team, are not known until several days after the event.  The winners were ‘Millennium +’ from Ratton School, who scored a very impressive 100%, a fantastic achievement!

The local MP for Eastbourne, Caroline Ansell, kindly visited the event and presented awards to the winners.  She commented: “It doesn’t get much tougher than trading in such a busy place as the Arndale Centre on a Saturday, so well done to the teams and especially the winners for working so hard’.

‘This sort of competition fosters the skills young people need to succeed in the workplace. It helps breed the next generation of entrepreneurs and I was impressed again this year with the quality of the teams’ drive to win.  When I spoke to the students all told me the experience had been very valuable and they learnt a great deal about what it takes to run a successful business, so this was a great event.”

For further information about Young Enterprise in the Eastbourne & Wealden area and how you can support us please go to www.yeew.org.uk.

Sponsors Sought

Posted on February 26, 2017at 2:49 pm

With all of the renewed activity, we continue to need funds to support the various events.  Therefore, if your company, or you personally, are able to provide sponsorship or other financial support then that would be much appreciated.

Thanks once again to all of our current sponsors, who are identified here on our website.  Please give them your support.

If you are able to contribute to our costs, in return for appropriate recognition and knowing you are supporting such a good cause, then please contact Martyn Billing (martyn@calibremarketing.co.uk / 07721 058409).  Thanks.


An Easy Way to Donate

Posted on February 26, 2017at 2:46 pm

Online Purchasing Benefts Young Enterprise

Whenever you buy anything online, from items on Amazon or eBay, from major retailers, your weekly shop, to your annual holiday, you could be raising a free donation for Eastbourne & Wealden Young Enterprise.

Easyfundraising.co_.uk_BIGThere are nearly 3,000 sellers also including John Lewis, Aviva, TheTrainLine and Sainsbury’s, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to this great cause, just to say thank you for shopping with them.

You can even donate when buying goods and services for your business or organisation such as office supplies, IT equipment, flights or train tickets, without any additional cost.  The scheme works with lots of business retailers like Staples, Viking, Apple, who will donate a percentage of what you spend to us.

It’s really simple, and doesn’t cost you anything.  All you have to do is:

  1. Go to https://new.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/yeew/
  1. Sign up for free.
  1. Get shopping.

Your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to us.  It couldn’t be easier!  There are no catches or hidden charges and we will be really grateful for your support and donations.  Thank you.

Young Enterprise Kicks off at Eastbourne Borough FC

Posted on February 26, 2017at 2:44 pm

Eastbourne Borough Football Club to Host Young Enterprise Companies at Home Matches

EBFC LogoAs part of their community support initiative, Eastbourne Borough Football Club have kindly allowed teams participating in the Young Enterprise Company programme to have a stand selling their products or services at home matches played at their stadium in Priory Lane.EBFC Ground

Eastbourne Borough Football Club run a very active community programme.  This includes using the sports facility for a fitness club, thai chi for the retired, walking football and the EBFC Academy for younger players.

The Young Enterprise teams can choose which match they wish to sell their wares at and will have a stand in the bar area prior to the match where spectators and others can purchase from them.  If you are going to a game, please ensure you give them your support.

Ratton Relive Victory at Launch Event

Posted on February 26, 2017at 2:42 pm

Official Launch of Young Enterprise 2016/17

2017 LaunchWednesday 12 October 2016 saw the official launch of this year’s Young Enterprise company programme competition. As last year’s winners for Eastbourne and Wealden district Ratton school hosted the launch event.

This year’s prospective company directors from local scholls and colleges heard from a range of business advisers from across the area and Wendy Gorham the Young Enterprise Manager for East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

Directors from last year’s winning company Initium (Malachi Jones, Ellie Stanbridge and Ally Gellatly) addressed the audience offering advice and guidance about what they learnt from participating last year. The enthusiasm for the competition from them and the other directors from last year’s competition really shone through.

Young Enterprise students past and present then went on to compete in a mini Enterprise game in small teams. Students entered into the process wholeheartedly having to organise limited resources, finance and keep their customer happy. Congratulations and first place went to a team from St Catherine’s College with second and third place teams from Ratton School. Stephen Lloyd who had been the banker for the evening made the presentation to the winning team.

Launch Event

Posted on September 26, 2016at 3:19 pm

Launch Event

7th October 2019

Bucklers. St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham BN27 2JA – 6.00-7.30pm

Master Classes

Posted on September 25, 2016at 3:22 pm

Master Classes

30th October 2018

Trade Fair

Posted on September 23, 2016at 3:26 pm

Trade Fairs

11th and 12 March 2017

Asda Superstore

Initium from Ratton School Win Company of the Year Award

Posted on May 24, 2016at 2:54 pm

Initium from Ratton School Win Company of the Year Award
The standard of the presentations at this year’s Eastbourne & Wealden awards was once again a significant step higher than previously. The judges were very impressed with this and many other aspects of this year’s Company performances.Inituim winners 2

Initium from Ratton School were crowned overall winners of the Best Company Award (sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses). Three other teams all won awards representing Bishop Bell, Willingdon Community School and another team from Ratton. A full list of the awards, winners and the sponsors is as follows:

 Awards / Sponsors                Winning Company

Best Company
FSB – Federation of Small Businesses
Initium – Ratton School
Runner Up to Best Company
Ensemble – Willingdon
Best Product or Service
Eastbourne Borough Council
Horizon – Ratton School
Young Achiever of the Year
Best of Eastbourne
Eloise Barnes – Ensemble
Runner up – Malachi Jones – Initium
Best Governance
Hart Reade Solicitors
Initium – Ratton School
Best Presentation
JDC Architects
Initium – Ratton School
Best Company Report / Accounts –
OBC Accountants
Initium – Ratton School
Best Finals Trade Stand
Ensemble – Willingdon
Best Branding
Cobb PR
Infinitee – Bishop Bell
Best Website
Infinitee – Bishop Bell
Best Stand at the Trade Fair
Arndale Centre
Infinitee – Bishop Bell
Best Customer Service at the Trade Fair
Bespoke Training
Ensemble – Willingdon

Winners 2016

Initium then progressed to the county finals, recently held at Brighton University, where they were highly commended in the Sussex Best Company competition. They also won the best presentation award. Very well done to all!

Super Service at Trade Fair

Posted on February 27, 2016at 10:36 am

Two Teams Score 100% in Professional Mystery Shopper Assessment

Thanks to everyone who supported our recent Trade Fair in the Arndale Centre.  All of the teams reported back to us that they had a great day. Several sold out of their product, and others came close.

Infinitee Cup  Certificate  Whilst all of the company members gave great customer service, two of the teams scored the ultimate 100% in the Mystery Shopper award.  As a result, an additional cup has been engraved and a certificate printed. The winning companies – Tea and Co (from Eastbourne Academy) and Infinitee (from Bishop Bell School) – will each receive a cup and a certificate for display.

The Mystery Shopper award is professionally assessed by Shoppers Anonymous in a completely discreet manner. The identity of the mystery shopper really is anonymous and a closely guarded secret.

The results, together with a professional report for each team, are not known until several days after the event, so the award cannot be made on the day. To have one team score 100% is a fantastic achievement. To have two teams score 100% is the best result ever!Best Customer service

The other two awards on the day – Best Customer Service and Best Trade Stand – were won by Ensemble (from Willingdon School) and Infinitee (from Bishop Bell School) respectively.  Caroline Ansell MP, the local Member of Parliament for Eastbourne and Willingdon presented the prizes and has included details on her website.

Best trade standCongratulations to all concerned. Further Trade Fairs are to be held at the Asda Superstore on March 12th and 13th. Please make a point of attending to see and buy the teams’ products, and experience great customer service, as well as to help our youngsters in their learn-by-doing enterprise programme.