Students from Robertsbridge Community College were crowned Hastings and Rother Best Company at the Young Enterprise Company Programme Hastings and Rother Finals.
The students’ company, Siren Designs sold and manufactured tie dye cloth bags. The team beat off stiff competition from 6 other teams to be the overall winners.
Young Enterprise’s Company Programme is supported by HSBC and is aimed at 15 to 19 year olds. Participants set up and run businesses for an academic year, guided by local mentors.
Wendy Gorham, YE Manager for East Sussex and Brighton and Hove said: “We had some great companies started up by students this year and the judges were incredibly impressed with the products and services they had developed and the presentations they gave at the Awards.
“The Awards highlighted how the Young Enterprise Company Programme can inspire young people to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow and help them develop practical business skills while they are still at school.
“I particularly want to congratulate the students from Robertsbridge Community College who won Best Company, for Hastings and Rother for their superb presentation, commitment and professionalism. Siren Designs also won the Best branding, Best Governance, Best trade stand and best presentation awards.
One of the new sponsors this year were Osbornes and Nick Sterling, Managing Director for Osborne Property Services said; “Osborne were pleased to sponsor this event and contribute to celebrating young people in their efforts to excel in business.”
Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise said: “The Area and County Finals are stages in finding the UK’s Best Overall Company, and all the teams here today have achieved so much over the past year.
“The Company Programme is a great platform for students to develop their skills such as confidence, teamwork and resilience and interact with their local business community along the way.
“Well done to all the winners today and particularly to Siren Designs .”