AT the end of March 2012, Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Renfrewshire Area, held the finals of its annual ‘company programme’ at the University of West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, with a total of 15 teams competing from secondary schools across Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.
The company programme runs from August to March for final year pupils, who form teams and market a real product or service having to deal with all the aspects of setting up and running a real business such as managing people, strategy, marketing, finance and production, etc.
Each team is supported by an experienced business advisor and a link teacher. The event is launched at Reid Kerr, followed by a Trade Fair at Braehead and the area finals in March. During the year, the teams have to raise capital to fund their projects, and do this in various ways such as holding events at their school.
The company programme is run by a volunteer board who manage the whole process.
The programme would not be possible without the support of our local sponsors who for the 2011-12 year were:
Reid Kerr College, University of West of Scotland, Braehead, Renfrewshire Chamber, Renfrewshire Council, Inverclyde Council, Howden, HP, IBM, Phoenix Car Company, Glasgow Airport and Tesco.
The teams that took part in the finals were:
|Barrhead HS||Deja Vu|
|Gryffe HS||Handy 4Teen|
|Inverclyde Academy||Inverclyde Academy|
|Mearns Castle HS||Tick Wick|
|Notre Dame HS||Creatick|
|Port Glasgow HS||All That Glistens|
|St Andrew’s Academy||Seasoned Greetings|
|St Columba’s HS||Cup Cake|
|St Luke’s HS||Perles de Verre|
|St Stephen’s HS||Card Core|
++The winners and runners up for the 2011/12 intake, one of the busiest years ever, were:
Braehead Christmas Trade Fair results
Oliver Orchant Tick Wick – Mearns Castle, Lori McDevitt, Retroverse – Castlehead and Louise Reddy, Cup Cake – St Columba’s.
Best Display Stand
Winner: Retroverse – Castlehead,
Runners up: Tick Wick – Mearns Castle & Perles de Verre – St Luke’s.
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce Award
Halo: Clydeview Academy
2012 area finals:
IBM Innovation Award - Winner: Retroverse – Castlehead HS
UWS Marketing Award - Winner: Perles De Verre – St Luke’s HS
Chairman’s Award – Winner: All that Glistens – Port Glasgow HS
Best Display Stand – Winner: Retroverse – Castlehead HS
Joint runners-up: Giftwood – Williamwood HS and Tick Wick – Mearns Castle HS
Best Business report
Winner: Giftwood – Williamwood HS
Joint runners-up: Prestige – Renfrew HS and Tick Wick – Mearns Castle HS
Best Business Presentation
Winner: Tick Wick – Mearns Castle HS
Joint runners-up: Halo – Clydeview Academy and Inverclyde Academy Productions – Inverclyde Academy
Best Overall Company
Winner: Tick Wick – Mearns Castle HS
Joint runners-up: Giftwood – Williamwood HS and All that Glistens – Port Glasgow HS
The Board of YES Renfrewshire would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teams and schools for taking part, and also the business advisors and link teachers for their support and encouragement, all our sponsors – without their support, it would not be possible to run the programme. And also to our speakers and finals judges for their time and support.
The YES Renfrewshire Board commented: “The standard increases every year and everyone involved was impressed with the energy and dedication shown by the teams – each showing true entrepreneurial spirit.”
Good luck to Tick Wick from Mearns Castle who now go forward to represent the YES Renfrewshire Area in the Young Enterprise Scottish Finals in June.
For more info about YES Renfrewshire and to view photos of the finals please visit the facebook page at www.facebook.com/yesrenfrewshire
YES Renfrewshire area board member
Chief executive – Renfrewshire Chamber
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