A company of students from The Abbey School in Reading, Berkshire were crowned Best Overall Company at the Young Enterprise South Central Regional Final. The final, held at the University of Buckingham on Thursday 21st June, celebrated students who have set up and run a company over the academic year as part of the HSBC supported Young Enterprise Company Programme.
The companies were judged by Clare Lundberg (HR Director at Routeco), Ian Zant-Boer (Growthdeck), John Spoerry (University of Buckingham), Nikki Burns (FSB Thames Valley), Nicola Jay (Head of Early Careers, MBDA UK Ltd) and James Morley-Smith (Zebra Technologies), and overseen by Alan Gundle (Technical Director, Sensient).
The judges also awarded Best Report, Best Trade Stand, Best Teamwork and Best Presentation awards to students from Watford, Oxford, High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Luton.
Nine teams from Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire competed for prizes across many categories. The winning team, “Impact”, from Reading, then went on to represent YE South Central at the UK Company of the Year final in London on July 6th. However, SureLight from London scooped the top prize of the evening. The team created a smart brake light for bicycles. The judges were blown away by the teams creative and entrepreneurial flair. The team will now go on to represent the UK in Belgrade at the European
Well-done to everyone who took part and congratulations to ‘SureLight’ for winning HSBC Young Enterprise Company of the Year Award.
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