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Posted on September 21, 2015at 9:00 am

Young Achiever Interviews – 18th April 2016

Bishop Bell School

Thank You Event

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Thank You Event – 14th June 2016

Old Court Room – 6.00pm

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Quantique Almost Conquer

Posted on July 17, 2015at 9:46 am

The Quantique team from the Eastbourne & Wealden area, having won the Sussex County Final, were Highly Commended at the South East Regional Finals recently.

Effectively this is second place!  They were the only company to be mentioned in this way, after the winners were announced.

This is an excellent result as it is the first time that a team from Eastbourne & Wealden has progressed to the Regional Finals and so to be recognised as Highly Commended is superb.  Very well done to all in Quantique.

This brings to a conclusion the highly successful year for Young Enterprise in the area.  If you would like to be involved in 2015/16 commencing in the autumn, as a school / college, as a business advisor, as a volunteer or as a sponsor, then please see below.

Regional Finals

Posted on June 10, 2015at 8:06 am

REGIONAL FINALS – QUANTIQUE

 

Best wishes to Quantique, the company team from Bishop Bell Church of England School, who, having won the Eastbourne & Wealden Best Company Award and the same at the Sussex County Finals, will be representing our county at the Regional Finals in Guildford on the 17th June.  We wish them well.

Thank You!

Posted on June 10, 2015at 7:55 am

THANK YOU EVENT!

 

 

Don’t forget, for all those that have kindly supported us throughout the year, please come along to our thank you event in the impressive Old Court Room at the Eastbourne Town Hall, from 6pm on Thursday 18th June.  We look forward to seeing you there.  (Please RSVP to Mary (mary@itsveryeasy.com) so that we have an indication of numbers).  Thanks.

Local and County Award Winners

Posted on May 27, 2015at 3:24 pm

Three Teams at the Top

Three Companies Sweep the Board at the Local Finals

In the third year, since the re-launch of Young Enterprise in the Eastbourne & Wealden area, the standard of company performance and presentation at the recent finals was again a step above previous events.  All teams provided a very professional presentation of their results and achievements, which once again left the audience very impressed.

Local Finals        Rainbow

Three teams of an outstanding bunch were even more outstanding.  Quantique from Bishop Bell Church of England School, Rainbow Enterprises from Cavendish School and Erudito from Willingdon Community School swept the board, winning all of the awards between them.  As a result, they staggered home with all the silverware, carrying the impressive cups and shields presented.

Overall winner of Best Company of the Year went to Quantique from Bishop Bell.  Quantique, who have made and sold innovative products, made from Scrabble pieces, such as cufflinks, with the letters denoting initials, also won the Best Branding, the Best Website and the Best Presentation awards.  In addition, Brandon Relph, also from Bishop Bell School, was highly commended in the Young Achiever awards, which was won by Amir Haydari from Cavendish School.

Local Finals outside        YE Person of the Year

Quantique will now represent the local area at the Sussex County finals and we hope they will progress from there on to the regional, national and even European finals.  A full list of the winners for each award, together with our general sponsors is as follows:

Best Company Award 2015 sponsored by The Federation of Small Businesses

Presented by Darran Hathaway for FSB

Winner: Quantique, Bishop Bell School

Best Company Runner Up Award sponsored by EDEAL

Presented by Christina Ewbank of EDEAL (Eastbourne And District Enterprise Agency)

Winner: Rainbow Enterprises, Cavendish School

Best Product or Service Award sponsored by Eastbourne Borough Council

Presented by Lisa Rawlinson, on behalf of Eastbourne Borough Council

Winner: Eruditio, Willingdon Community School

Best Presentation Award sponsored by John D Clarke, Architects

Presented by Richard Crook of JDC Architects

Winner: Quantique, Bishop Bell School

Best Company Report Award sponsored by OBC Accountants

Presented by Michael Ogilvie on behalf of OBC

Winner: Rainbow Enterprises, Cavendish School

Best Governance Award sponsored by Hart Reade Solicitors

Presented by Alexandra Funnell, a partner in Hart Reade

Winner: Eruditio, Willingdon Community School

Best Trade Stand at the Finals Award sponsored by Waitrose

Presented by Sue Letts from Waitrose

Winner: Rainbow Enterprises, Cavendish School

The Young Achiever of the Year Award sponsored by Eastbourne Pier

Presented by Christos Stylianou

Winner: Amid Haydari from Cavendish School

Highly Commended: Brandon from Bishop Bell School and Lewis Phillips from Lindfield School

Best Website Award sponsored by Switchplane

Presented by Rachel Stone of Bespoke Training on behalf of Switchplane

Winner: Quantique from Bishop Bell School

Best Branding Award sponsored by Cobb PR

Presented by Tim Cobb of Cobb PR

Winner: Quantique from Bishop Bell School

 

We wish Quantique the best of luck at the future finals…….

 

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Quantique are County Champions

Eastbourne & Wealden Company Win County Finals

Quantique sliderThe Eastbourne & Wealden Young Enterprise board are delighted to announce that one of the companies from the area, Quantique from Bishop Bell School, who won the area finals for Eastbourne & Wealden, have now been crowned County Champions.

This is a fantastic achievement for the Quantique team, overcoming strong opposition at both the area and county levels.  Also for the Eastbourne & Wealden area as the Young Enterprise company scheme was only revived in the area three years ago.

Quantique also won the Best Product / Service and the Best Trade Stand at the County Finals awards.  They now go on to represent the Sussex area in the Regional finals.  These are to be held in Guildford Cathedral on the 17th June, where an original copy of the Magna Carta is currently on display, providing an added attraction

Thanks and praise must go to the Centre Lead for the Young Enterprise scheme at Bishop Bell School, Emma Treneman.  Also, to Gordon Piggott and Charles Uwakeneme, the Business Advisors provided to Quantique by the local Young Enterprise board.

Thank You Thank You

To ALL Our Supporters & Sponsors

Thank You LogoAs another highly successful Young Enterprise year draws to a close in the Eastbourne & Wealden area, we would like to extend a very sincere thank you to all of our supporters.  Without you this excellent scheme for young entrepreneurs and the encouragement of enterprise could not continue.

In particular, we would like to thank the Centre Leads at each of the schools and colleges, and their supporting head teachers and other staff.  Also, the business advisors who have worked so well with each of the teams.

A big thank you to all of our sponsors.  In addition to those that supported a particular award, as listed above, we would also like to thank the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the finals event, Sundyne HMD Kontro Sealless Pumps for sponsoring the launch event last autumn, The Arndale Cente and the Asda Superstore, for hosting the trade fairs, and the Federation of Small Businesses for all their support.

In addition, we would like to thank all of our other supporters, including Edward Dickinson who produced the finals programme and posters, the ELIM Family Centre for providing the finals venue, and HSBC Bank.

Last, but not at all least, the Eastbourne & Wealden board, who should thank themselves of course, would particularly like to thank Wendy Gorham, our local Young Enterprise Manager for all of her support throughout the year.  Please contact her (07920 763651 / wendy.gorham@y-e.org.uk) if you are a local school or college and would like to be involved in the programme next year.

Thank You Event

For all those that have kindly supported us throughout the year, including those mentioned above, please come along to our thank you event.  This will be held in the impressive Old Court Room at the Eastbourne Town Hall, from 6pm on Thursday 18th June.

Please join the local board for light refreshments, convivial conversation, short speeches and the presentation of certificates to our sponsors and supporters.

We look forward to seeing you there.  (Please RSVP to Mary (mary@itsveryeasy.com) so that we have an indication of numbers).  Thanks.

Sponsors Sought

Of course, to continue the good work in the next academic year, commencing in the autumn, we continue to seek sponsors for the local company programme.  Therefore, if you can contribute or would like to participate with Young Enterprise in any other way, please email Martyn Billing: martyn@calibremarketing.co.uk.

Quantique are County Champions

Posted on May 27, 2015at 3:20 pm

Quantique are County Champions

Eastbourne & Wealden Company Win County Finals

The Eastbourne & Wealden Young Enterprise board are delighted to announce that one of the companies from the area, Quantique from Bishop Bell School, who won the area finals for Eastbourne & Wealden, have now been crowned County Champions.

Quantique slider

This is a fantastic achievement for the Quantique team, overcoming strong opposition at both the area and county levels.  Also for the Eastbourne & Wealden area as the Young Enterprise company scheme was only revived in the area three years ago.

Quantique, who have made and sold innovative products, made from Scrabble pieces, such as cufflinks, with the letters denoting initials, also won the Best Branding, the Best Website and the Best Presentation awards at the Eastbourne & Wealden area finals.  In addition, Brandon Relph, also from Bishop Bell School, was highly commended in the Young Achiever awards, which was won by Amir Haydari from Cavendish School.

Quantique now go on to represent the Sussex area in the Regional finals.  These are to be held in Guildford Cathedral on the 17th June, where an original copy of the Magna Carta is currently on display, providing an added attraction

Thanks and praise must go to the link teacher for the Young Enterprise scheme at Bishop Bell School, Emma Treneman.  Also, to Gordon Piggott and Charles Uwakeneme, the Business Advisors provided to Quantique by the local Young Enterprise board.

For further details on the Young Enterprise company scheme in the Eastbourne & Wealden area, please contact Wendy Gorham (07920 763651 / wendy.gorham@y-e.org.uk), the Manager for this area.  For details of how to sponsor the scheme locally please contact Martyn Billing of Calibre Marketing on 01323 487330 or martyn@calibremarketing.co.uk.

The Big Event – The Finals

Posted on May 27, 2015at 3:13 pm

Local Finals Event – 22nd April

Join Us for the Company Presentations & Awards

Best Co Winners (4)As this Young Enterprise year comes to a close, please join us for the presentations by each of the participating companies / teams, the judging, an inspirational guest speaker, the last trade fair of the year and the local area awards, plus refreshments!

The finals will be held at the ELIM Centre, on the corner of Upperton Road and Hartfield Road in the centre of Eastbourne (BN21 2ET) on the 22nd April commencing at 4.00 pm.  We hope to see you there (please RSVP to mary@itsveryeasy.com).

In addition to the presentations by the company members, whilst the judging is taking place, we have a young, award winning, guest speaker.  The Gingerbread Man, Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen, will be talking about how, having tried a gingerbread man in the famous London department store, Selfridges, he thought ‘I can do better than that!’

Having trialled more than 100 recipes before settling on the one to use Sam set up his business at the age of just nineteen.  He now supplies top retailers and corporate clients such as British Airways.

There will also be a trade fair, where the companies will be displaying and selling their products to those attending plus refreshments will be served.  The awards will then be presented, which include the following:

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  • Award for Best Product or Service, sponsor: Eastbourne Borough Council
  • Award for Best Branding, sponsor: Cobb PR
  • Award for Best Website, sponsor: Switchplane
  • Award for Best Presentation, sponsor: John D Clarke, Architects
  • Award for Best Company Report, sponsor: OBC Accountants
  • Award for Best Governance, sponsor: Hart Reade Solicitors
  • Award for Best Stand at the Finals, sponsor: Waitrose
  • Award for Best Trade Fair Stand, sponsor: the Arndale Centre, Eastbourne
  • Award for Best Customer Service, sponsor: Bespoke Training
  • Award based on Mystery Shopper report, sponsor: Bobsters
  • Young Achiever of the Year Award, sponsor: Eastbourne Pier
  • Best Company Runner Up Award 2014-15, sponsor: EDEAL
  • Best Company Award 2014-15, sponsor: Federation of Small Businesses

We hope that you will be able to attend.  If so, please can you just send an email to our local board secretary, Mary Piggott (mary@itsveryeasy.com) so that we can plan for numbers and catering.

All the Fun of the Fairs

Following a very successful trade fair in the Arndale Centre, a further event was held at the Asda Superstore in the Crumbles near Sovereign Harbour.  Once again, a number of the local Young Enterprise companies took a stand and sold their products to the general public.  Thanks for the support to all those that came along.

Asda Logo (2)

During the fairs, the teams receive feedback and encouragement on how they are displaying and selling their products.  The winners of the awards were as follows:

Best Trade Stand (sponsored by the Arndale Centre) – Quantique from Bishop Bell

Runners up Best Trade stand –  Euridito  from Willingdon Community School

Best Customer Service (sponsored by Bespoke Training Eastbourne) – Rainbow Enterprises form Cavendish

Mystery Shopper (Sponsored by Bobsters) – Rainbow Enterprises form Cavendish

The next and last event in our local Young Enterprise year is the finals, as mentioned above.  However, there are then regional, national and international finals for those companies that progress.

Primary Schools – Take The Fiver Challenge

Fiver Challenge sliderThe Fiver Challenge is Young Enterprise’s nationwide challenge for primary schools.  This free entrepreneur programme gives primary aged pupils a taste of what it’s like to set up their own business.

Embedding a culture of entrepreneurship within our schools and colleges will help young people to develop their business awareness, skills, confidence and experience to help them make informed choices about their future.  Teachers that have participated said:

  • Resilience, entrepreneurial ability and communication were identified as the greatest skill progressions
  • 76% of young people had developed at least one employability skill
  • 76% said the Fiver Challenge was a way to introduce enterprise education to young people
  • 91% indicated that the students enjoyed taking part in the Fiver Challenge

Fiver Challenge 2The primary students are pledged a start up capital of £5 for one month and they are challenged to set up a mini business to create products or services they can sell or deliver at a profit.

The Fiver Challenge is running in the month of June 2015 but schools can register now! It is free to participate.

At the end of the month, finances are tallied up, loans repaid and legacy donations given. This means that the £5 loan is repaid + 50p Legacy donation so more students can participate next year in the Challenge. Students then decide what to do with the extra profits.  Youth organisations (for pupils aged 5 – 11) can also take part as well as schools.

Why sign up?

  • Develops key skills such as team work, creativity and communication
  • Provides hands on experience of running a business
  • Introduces pupils to managing money, budgeting and understanding how money plays an important part in people’s lives
  • Encourages pupils to consider their attitudes towards work and money and what drives choices they make

Register to participate now by visiting www.fiverchallenge.org.uk

 

 

We Are Now Wealden

Posted on April 08, 2015at 12:07 pm

We Are Now Wealden

If we are honest, our title of Eastbourne & Wealden Young Enterprise has been something of a misnomer!  Whilst we have had excellent support from schools and colleges in Eastbourne since our re-launch in the area just two years ago, we have not had representation from the Wealden area.

Jan 15 we are wealden2We are pleased to say that has now improved.  We are delighted to welcome Hailsham Community College and Heathfield Community College to the company competition this year so making our title that much more relevant!

 

This year’s programme is fully underway with the master classes, where company / team members learned about their particular job function held recently.  These included classes for the managing director, marketing director, finance director, website master and in presentation skills (applicable to all) and were held with the kind support of Sussex Downs College.  Thanks to all those that led the classes.

Our next events are the trade fairs which are to be held in the Arndale Centre on the 7th February and at the Asda Superstore in the Crumbles Retail Park on the 6th & 7th March.  Please come along and support our local companies, where they will be selling their products or services from their stands on the day.

Win a Car Competition

Jan 15 win a carAs per the item in our last newsletter, we were very pleased to have been selected by the Arndale Centre as one of the charities to benefit from their annual Win a Car competition.  We manned the stand in the centre on Sunday the 30th November and sold nearly £350.00 worth of tickets.

Thanks to the generosity of all our supporters that purchased tickets, both in advance and on the day.  Also to the Arndale Centre, as all the money we took for the tickets will come to our funds to support the Young Enterprise scheme in our area.

Sponsor Support

Welcome to a new sponsor this year, Bobsters, the gift and souvenir shop at 223 Terminus Road, Eastbourne.  Jimmy Keeley, the proprietor, has kindly agreed to sponsor the Mystery Shopper award at our trade fair in the Arndale Centre.

Jan 15 BobstersPlease show your support for our kind sponsors.  If you can contribute to the costs of running this excellent scheme in your local area, please contact Martyn Billing: martyn@calibremarketing.co.uk / 01323 487330 / 07721 058409.

Master Classes Make Maestros

Managing Directors and those with finance, marketing and associated responsibilities such as website development and social media were the function subjects of the recent master classes held for those on the local YE company programme.  A class on presentation skills was also held, an essential subject for the finals next spring.

After some icebreaking exercises, those attending then split into groups according to the function they are undertaking or will participate in on behalf of their company.  Interactive master classes on each subject then followed with the evaluation forms confirming that all those attending found them very useful.

Jan 15 MasterclassOur thanks to Sussex Downs College for hosting the event.  Also to Tim Cobb of Cobb PR, Caroline Cole of Savoir Faire Accounting, Joel Fielder of Switchplane, Mina O’Brien of Ditzy Media plus Gordon and Martyn from the YE Board for running the classes.

A social media master class was run this year for the first time.  As this function now has such importance in promoting a business, particularly with a consumer product, this was a great addition to the master classes offered and our thanks go to Mina for suggesting and running this course.

The next event in the company year is the trade fair in the Arndale Centre on Sunday 7th February when this year’s companies will be selling their products and services.  Please put the date in your diary to attend.  Thanks.

Come Buy from YE Companies

The companies participating in the Eastbourne and Wealden programme this year will be selling their products and services to the public at local locations in February and March.  Please come along and make some purchases to support them.  The main Eastbourne & Wealden event is in the Arndale Centre on Saturday 7th February

Jan 15 Come Buy 2Being the first weekend in February, this allows a great opportunity for purchasing those Valentine’s Day gifts and also presents in advance of Easter etc.  Many of the items will be very affordable and can be purchased and taken away on the day.

Eastbourne & Wealden will also be organising a trade fair at the Asda Superstore in the Crumbles centre near Sovereign Harbour.  These will take place on two days in March, Saturday the 7th and Saturday the 14th.  Again your support for these would be much appreciated.

 

 

In addition, a number of trade fairs are organised throughout the county by other local Young Enterprise boards, a full list is as follows:

Sunday 25th January:         Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Brighton

Sunday 1st February:          Holmbush Shopping Centre, Shoreham

Saturday 7th February:      Arndale Shopping Centre, Eastbourne

Saturday 7th February:        Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Hastings

Saturday 7th March:           Asda Superstore, The Crumbles, Eastbourne

Sunday 8th March:              Asda Superstore, The Crumbles, Eastbourne

Saturday 14th March:           The Orchards Shopping Centre, Haywards Heath

Saturday 14th March:           Worthing Town Centre

Saturday 21st March:           Carfax, Horsham

 

Your support for the young people and their companies by buying their products and services will be appreciated.  Therefore, we hope to see you at one or more of the trade fairs over the coming months.

Trade Fair Update and Next Dates

Posted on March 27, 2015at 3:06 pm

Two-Day Trade Fair

Plus Award Winners from Arndale Announced

Arndale1 Feb 15The local Young Enterprise teams will again be selling their goods in the Asda store at the Crumbles on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March.  Come and buy!

Teams involved in the Young Enterprise scheme in Eastbourne & Wealden will have their products for sale.  Many thanks to Asda for hosting the event.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, following a very successful trade fair in the Arndale Centre the winners of the awards can be announced as follows:Arndale2 Feb 15

Best Trade Stand (sponsored by the Arndale Centre) – Quantique from Bishop Bell

Runners up Best Trade stand –  Euridito  from Willingdon Community School

Best Customer Service (sponsored by Bespoke Training Eastbourne) – Rainbow Enterprises form Cavendish

Mystery Shopper (Sponsored by Bobsters) – Rainbow Enterprises form Cavendish

Congratulations to the winners and well done to all the teams that took part.

A full list of the remaining trade fare events across Sussex are as follows:

Saturday 7th March:           Asda Superstore, The Crumbles, Eastbourne

Sunday 8th March:              Asda Superstore, The Crumbles, Eastbourne

Saturday 14th March:           The Orchards Shopping Centre, Haywards Heath

Saturday 14th March:           Worthing Town Centre

Saturday 21st March:           Carfax, Horsham

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th and 8th.  If you need any further information about Young Enterprise or would like to support or assist with the scheme in the Eastbourne & Wealden area please email martyn@calibremarketing.co.uk.