Young Enterprise is a charitable venture providing schoolchildren with the opportunity of establishing a business, selling to customers, and generating a profit.
It has an excellent reputation and is highly valued by universities and employers for fostering creativity, teamwork, and leadership. The programme has run throughout this school year, notwithstanding the significant obstacles presented by the pandemic. Surbiton High School’s team Nexus, designed and manufactured zebra print tote bags, which proved very popular. The team was led superbly by Tilly (12C) as managing director.
At the Kingston Area Showcase Final in April Nexus beat off strong opposition from a number of local schools to win the Digital Presence Award. The judges, senior figures from business, commented on the “strong use of social media (TikTok, Instagram, Twitter) and the excitement and buzz you managed to create around the product” and the “consistent message – a digital presence embedded in all aspects of the project”. Particular mention should be made here of Charlotte (12M), who was the company’s social media director.
In addition, Lucy (12V), the company’s finance director, received an Achiever of the Year Award. Running the company’s finances when everything was being managed in a virtual environment was challenging but Lucy approached her role with intelligence and calmness. Her commendation reads: “Enthusiastic, proactive and hardworking. Lucy is a natural leader who successfully helped manage the team with confidence, respect and a clear vision.”Categories: Senior School