Giggleswick School Young Enterprise Company, Colour County, were awarded North Yorkshire Company of the Year after well-deserved success in the competition’s county final at the Merchant Adventurers Hall in York. Seven members of the team were assessed on their performance as a company by two sets of judges from the Merchant Adventurers and the Confederation of Small Business. The team then delivered a presentation on the journey of the company through the year so far to local dignitaries.
It has been an incredible journey for the students involved in the Young Enterprise Company Programme, which provides young people (aged 15-19 years old) with the opportunity to set up and run their own real company while they are still at school or college. This award is the result of many months of hard work in creating, marketing and selling their Colour County colouring books. The colouring book stemmed from an idea to create a fun and educational product for children based on Yorkshire landmarks. All the outline images in the book were created by artists from Giggleswick School, and has proven a hit with adults as well as children. Priced at £5, Colour County have sold over 160 books both direct to customers and to local retailers. They have learnt vital business skills through the programme, and have been able to put a lot of classroom learning into practice. Young Enterprise companies operate as fully functional businesses with share capital being raised, weekly board meetings with agenda’s and minutes being written, and accounts being completed on an ongoing basis.
After winning the Craven and Harrogate award in the previous round the team faced much stiffer opposition. There were a range of innovative ideas and all the schools involved contained some very driven young entrepreneurs. They will now progress to the Yorkshire and Humber regional final. The judges were very impressed by the work done throughout the year especially their creativity and the scalability of their product with the possibility of books for Cumbria, Lancashire and Durham in the future. The company also took home another award for Best Teamwork. The students have been supported on their journey by business advisors Jake Brearey and Jo Smith from Skipton Building Society who have provided very valuable professional insights.
Well done to everyone involved with the team!