Students participating in Jersey’s 25th anniversary year of the Young Enterprise programme were rewarded for their hard work and business success at a presentation evening on May 3rd, 2012 at Hautlieu School.
The overall award for the best company of the year was presented to Jersey Juice with the best presentation award going to Corbis. These awards were presented by Minister for Education, Sport & Culture, Deputy Patrick Ryan and Wendy Dorman of PwC.
Deputy Ryan also presented a cheque for £1,000 to Young Enterprise Jersey, on behalf of Education, Sport and Culture at the event, which was hosted by Channel 103 presenter Peter Mac.
The other winners on the night were:
• The Managing Director Award, presented by Cedric Bird of Jersey Enterprise: Connie Le Brocq, Jersey Juice
• The Best Administered Company, presented by Tania Angell, Chairman of ICSA Jersey: Cristiana Marques and Kieran Price, Xybo
• The Chairman’s Award, this year awarded to the company which made the most progress in personal development, business skills and confidence, presented by Beverley Le Cuirot, Chairman of Young Enterprise Jersey: Entropy
• Achiever from each YE company making the greatest contribution, as nominated by the Advisers:
• Xybo – Ally Corbridge
• Astra Bahati – Graeme Overton
• Corbis – Juliano Karahassan
• Jersey Juice – Connie Le Brocq
• Entropy – Kieran Sharman
• Allegro – Florian Baerlocher
Six teams comprising of Year 12 students, known as ‘Achievers’, from Hautlieu, Beaulieu, Jersey College for Girls, De La Salle and Victoria College set up their own companies and guided them through a typical life-cycle. This included appointing a board of directors, raising share capital and then financing, marketing and selling their product or service, all working within the States of Jersey’s ECO-ACTIVE business guidelines.
Beverley Le Cuirot, Chairman of Young Enterprise Jersey, commented:
“This year’s Young Enterprise has been a huge success thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of the students, advisers, link teachers and expert mentors. The Young Achievers have gained genuine insight into what running a company involves and while there have been a great many successes the students have also gained valuable experience from ideas and initiatives which did not work out as well as they hoped.
“The judges noted that the students have a sound understanding of the use of social media and how it will play an increasingly important role in business in the future and they used this tool to maximum effect.
“The presentations demonstrated great creativity, with a number of spoofs of popular TV programmes such as Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice, and the Achievers have shown great tenacity and flair for business.”
Peter Guy, Director of Young Enterprise in the UK was also present at the event which was attended by around 250 people.