Year 10 students were delighted to be awarded Best Presentation and Best Company Runner-Up at the Young Enterprise Birmingham and Solihull Area Final last Thursday. The team consisted of Francesca (Managing Director), Alice, Ella, Vritti, Elizabeth, Amy, Jade, Lauren, Harriet, Isabelle, Pippa and Annabel.
The girls established their Young Enterprise company, Ignitus, last September. After undertaking market research amongst their peers, the group made the decision to sell seasonal gifts during Christmas and Easter. They sold shares to raise start-up capital to fund their business.
Over the Christmas period, the company attended fairs at local venues, including David Lloyd and Solihull Arden Tennis Club, and the Christmas Trade Fair organised by Young Enterprise in Birmingham. The girls quickly learned to sell to potential customers, as well as source materials for their gift range. This built up their confidence both as individuals and as a team.
Further trade fairs followed in the New Year, including the Young Enterprise National Trade Fair in Stratford and a local fair in Touchwood. Through hard work and perseverance, the team managed to almost double their start-up capital.
The programme culminated with the Area Final hosted at Arup, where the team of girls presented their business to a range of other local schools, company advisors and a panel of judges. Francesca, Vritti, Alice and Ella presented confidently and clearly throughout their pitch, despite being two years younger than most of the other teams.
The judges were particularly impressed with their presentation, given that the girls were the only team to present without the use of any notes and clearly knew their business inside out. The team were thrilled to receive the Best Presentation and Best Company Runner-Up awards and were congratulated for their hard work by the judges.
Chris Mason, Head of Business Studies and Economics said, “The girls have worked together extremely well and have learnt a huge amount about the business world. Given that they were considerably younger than their other rival companies, to be rewarded with these prizes is a real vindication of their efforts and just shows what they can do later in life.”
Kamran Hussain, Young Enterprise Manager said the Saint Martin’s team were “….. talented, creative and hard-working young people … making a great success of their business.”