Latymer Upper School wins Young Enterprise finals at the University of West London
The University of West London (UWL) hosted young entrepreneurs from local schools at the recent West London finals of the Young Enterprise Company of the Year 2017 competition.
The event brought together student groups from across four boroughs, who have formed a Young Enterprise company this year.
Five teams of pupils showcased their businesses to a panel of judges, including UWL Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic and student experience), Professor Nick Braisby, Senior Lecturers from the Claude Littner Business School, David Mackrory and Sanjiv Sachdev, and the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Dr Patricia Walker.
They were competing to progress to the London region finals of the national competition held by Young Enterprise – a leading enterprise education charity that empowers young people aged 15 to 19, by enabling them to set up and run their own company for a year.
Judges were impressed by the strong social conscience on display in the entries. First place was awarded to Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith and Fulham, for their business, ‘Open Books’, which promotes social diversity via books for young children and donates 15% of its profits to a refugee charity.
Praising the high standard of work by pupils, Professor Braisby said: ‘It has been personally inspiring to hear all your stories, how you have overcome difficulties, maintained your creative motivation and produced products that succeed.
‘Our relationship with Young Enterprise is so important because we call ourselves The Career University and we really mean it; every student here develops the skills necessary to take them forward to succeed in the world of work. That’s why this event is truly inspiring; it resonates so much with our mission and I wish all the participants continued success.’
Mayor Cllr. Dr Walker told the teams: ‘You are motivated and stimulated by ethics, by doing the right thing, by reaching out and using your prodigious talents for the benefit of others and that’s what I admire. I’m honoured to be here; you are ambitious and you are so talented.’
The winning team advanced to the London region finals, to be held on 8 June.