Move aside Sir Alan Sugar – two teams of astute young business women from The Abbey are marking their mark in the world of entrepreneurialism.
36 Abbey Sixth Formers, who make up the staff of Buzz and Impact, have made it through to the Young Enterprise South Central Regional Finals on Thursday 21 June.
Both teams have already impressed the judges in the previous two rounds of the competition, with Impact the overall winners of the Berkshire county finals, and Buzz the runners up.
Buzz came up with the idea of creating seed-ingrained greetings cards using biodegradable materials. The cards can be planted and the flowers enjoyed afterwards, as a long-lasting reminder of the greeting that was sent. To date, Buzz have sold more than 800 seed-ingrained cards and have also branched out and sold 150 seed-ingrained bookmarks.
Having witnessed the growth of interest in cookery programmes and the desire of people to make restaurant quality meals in their own homes, Impact decided to design a cook book and contacted local people and well-known chefs to contribute their favourite recipes. They clearly won them over as the book contains favourite dishes from Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jr, Nathan Outlaw and Mary Berry. To date, Impact has sold more than 300 cook books.
Jill Lesbirel, Young Enterprise co-ordinator at The Abbey, said: “I am overwhelmed by the standard of this year's Young Enterprise companies. To have two companies through to the Regional Finals for the first time is an incredible achievement. All our companies this year have been tremendously successful and I am very proud of their business acumen. We have a total of 54 students taking part in the Young Enterprise scheme this year and it is a great opportunity for our A-level and IB students to work together.”
As part of the scheme each team is given the support of a business advisor from the Young Enterprise organisation and the support of a teacher at The Abbey.
The next stage of the competition is the Regional Finals on Thursday 21 June at the University of Buckingham. The girls will have a trade stand, talk to the judges about their product and go through their company report. Finally, each company will make a presentation in front of all the other finalists. They will find out on the day if they’ve been selected to go through to the National Finals.
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