From the classroom to the boardroom

19 June 2009 


The Young Enterprise West Midlands Company Programme Innovation Awards 2009 took place at Aston University this week, with six successful companies from across the region reaching the finals.

The Young Enterprise mission is to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise. The Company Programme gives young people the opportunity to run their own business and the prestigious Awards are a celebration of their achievements.

The overall winner was QUERTY from De Ferrers Specialist Technology College (Staffordshire)
  teams, who will now represent the region in the UK finals.

iLove, from King Edward VI Handsworth School (Birmingham & Solihull) won the prize for best customer service and display stand.

The teams which reached the finals were;

• Aspire, from King Edward VI School, Stratford (Coventry & Warwickshire)
• iLove, from King Edward VI Handsworth School (Birmingham & Solihull)
• QWERTY, from De Ferrers Specialist Technology College (Staffordshire)
• Signature Gifts, from King Charles I School & Sixth Form Centre (Hereford & Worcestershire)
• The Little Baggers, The Priory School (Shropshire)
• Urban Greenz, Windsor High School (The Black Country)

The CEO of Young Enterprise, Kevin Hender, said;

“The Young Enterprise Company Programme has enabled 3,346 young people, from over 200 schools, to form 233 companies in the West Midlands this year. The significant journey that they have all travelled were reflected in the six finalists on Thursday. I wish them all the best for their future careers.”

Participants in the Company Programme have been setting up and running their own companies, electing boards of directors, raising share capital and marketing and financing their own products and services.
A winning team will be chosen to take part in the UK Finals later this year, at the HSBC Young Enterprise Innovation Awards.        

The Chair of the judging panel, Denise Craig, West Midlands Policy Manager for the Federation of Small Businesses, said;

“The FSB is proud to be supporting Young Enterprise, once again. I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the programme, maintaining the high standards set in previous years and ensuring another successful year for all. This applies not only to the regional finalists, but to all the teams, business volunteers, the staff at Young Enterprise and last, but not least, my fellow judges.”


For further information about the Young Enterprise West Midlands Regional Final please contact;

Bryan Foster, Programme Executive


07963 878 539