Enterprise Education

Enterprise Education Projects supported by the Education Trust are funded by donations and fundraising events and activities.  Some of the projects delivered to date include:

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise run a national competition targeted at 15 to 19 year olds. The Education Trust supports schools from our region to enter the competition each year under our sponsorship, and hosts the County Final at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in York.  It allows our Members to volunteer as mentors and competition judges to help young people understand the skills and attitudes valued by employers.

According to Young Enterprise,  “Enterprise Education provides young people with the skills, competencies and mindset to make the most of everyday opportunities and challenges.  Being enterprising is something that can be applied to all aspects of life and work – identifying and initiating opportunities as well as adapting your response to situations

2020 proved a challenge as the country was in lockdown, so the process for Remote Judging of Company of the Year Awards Showcases & County / Area Finals was amended to a remote, digital competition process. The companies from each school were invited to complete and submit their report, and provide photographs of their Trade Stand to show off the detail and design.  They also recorded their four-minute presentation and uploaded it to YouTube. 

The County judging panel in 2020 included one of our Members, Chris Hearld, Senior Partner and Head of Regions at KPMG. 

“I was delighted to be asked to judge the Young Enterprise competition.  It was clear that all the teams had taken some great learnings from their involvement, and their energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship shone through.  I was particularly impressed by their creativity in dealing with the challenges created by the current lockdown, and although it’s a shame we didn’t get to meet them in person, they showed great digital capabilities in their “virtual” pitches.  It was a close run competition and all the teams deserve great credit.”

We’re very proud that two of the schools we supported in 2020 were recognised in the County Finals in May.  In North Yorkshire, the Winner of the 2020 Sustainability award was Right Good Soap from Ripon Grammar School, and they were incredibly proud of this award as sustainability is at the heart of their product, a range of organic, vegan-friendly soaps with environmentally sustainable biodegradable packaging.  The scents represent landscapes and images of Yorkshire.  

South Craven School in Keighley were entered into the West Yorkshire County Finals, and were overall winners for their company, Wick’d Candles.  Their strapline “Candle with Care” represents the blend of the product and their work on raising awareness about mental health. They are deservedly proud to be going forward to the Yorkshire and the Humber finals.

Both companies intend to continue trading after lockdown, so do please follow the links to their social media accounts to find out more and support these wonderful enterprises.

Primary School Activities

The Successful Futures project was delivered in primary schools of North Yorkshire between December 2018 and June 2019, with Members supporting an awards event held at the Hall where pupils were able to display the products they had designed, and give talk about their business ideas with our Members.  This strong initiative promoted a positive attitude towards business at a young age.

Business Masterclasses

The Company’s members are drawn from all avenues of business and professions across the City, North and East Yorkshire.  In 2019, several of our Members gave up their time to deliver valuable and insightful Business Masterclasses to Business Studies students at York College.