Young Enterprise is a national charity that believes that the potential of the UK’s young people is unlimited and that an academic education on its own is not enough. As a national charity, it motivates young people to succeed in the changing world of work by equipping them with the work skills, knowledge and confidence they need.
The Young Enterprise Company Programme started in 1963 and since then, 1.1 million young people have taken part across the UK demonstrating their skills, competencies and enterprising mindsets in a constantly changing world. Secondary schools up and down the UK are able to take part in the programme and competing students develop their key employability skills by 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.
Southborough Sixth Formers have been taking part in this prestigious competition since 2014, when our team ’Ace’ beat all competing schools across the entire UK to win the coveted ‘UK Company of the Year’. The company went on to win second place in the International finals.
Over the years, our Sixth Form students have come up with some incredibly innovative products and have gone on to win many regional awards, including ‘Best Company’, Best Product’ and ‘Best Trade Stand’.