Young Enterprise is one of the complimentary studies that the Business Studies students take part in during their time here at Strode’s College. Each year Young Enterprise UK runs a national competition for their Company Programme which provides a great way to teach students all about the ins and outs of running a business. The competition involves teams of students from across the local area setting themselves up as “companies”, issuing annual reports, designing trade stands and producing a business presentation. The companies trade as a real business for a 'year' from September to March, selling goods, making profit and paying VAT and corporation tax etc.
This year Strode’s has entered two teams “Team YES” and “Team Apollo”. They are entering the competition hoping to make it to one of the top three companies who will then go head to head in the Surrey Finals.
Team “YES” have got off to a flying start with their Sweet Trees concept. Sweet Trees are designed to look like a tree, but instead of leaves they are covered in your favourite sweets (Yum … they have got my vote!) and they make a great centrepiece for a birthday, wedding or celebration. To test the market Team “YES” held a raffle at our recent Open evening, raising £100, before heading over to Camberley Trade Fair during half term week, where they raised a further £50, not bad considering it was a quiet, cold and a wet Friday morning! It seems there is no stopping team “YES” with their next stop at Walton Xmas Festival of Light at the end of December. Well done team “YES” and keep up the good work!
Team “Apollo” have decided to target a more festive theme selling all things Christmas including cards, crackers and sweets. Make sure you offer them your support and take the time to sample their delights should you see them out and about in the run up to the festive season. Alternatively keep an eye out for their stall at our next Open evening.
We wish both teams every success and hope to report back that they have made it through to the Surrey Finals next year.