Lanyon Bowdler was delighted to attend the Young Enterprise celebration event in May 2019. As always the students’ creativity and commitment to building their businesses was inspirational. They came up with a product to sell, built up their brand and designed their marketing materials, and attended numerous trade fairs where they sold their products to the public. They were then assessed through a formal presentation, company report and a dragon’s den style interview where they were grilled on all aspects of their business by a variety of local business people.
Lanyon Bowdler was very pleased to sponsor the Best Dragon’s Den Interview award, which went to Planet Box, an innovative Young Enterprise group who sold lifestyle boxes filled with sustainable household items, such as a bamboo travel mug and metal straws.
Over 100 students attended the celebration event from schools across Shropshire. Altogether, 22 teams competed for the title of Young Enterprise Shropshire Company of the Year. A total of 29 awards were presented, but Scrambled from Idsall School were the winners, taking home the trophy.
After deciding on their business idea – making items from recycled Scrabble tiles - they sold their products at trade fairs in both Shrewsbury and Telford shopping centres, endured an eight minute interview with judges, and delivered a four minute presentation in Wolverhampton University’s lecture theatre at Priorslee. They also had to put together a business plan and submit financial accounts, learning in the process, not just how to run a business, but many useful employability skills.
Scrambled will be representing Shropshire at the Young Enterprise Regional Awards Ceremony at HSBC offices in Birmingham on Thursday 6 June. We wish them all the best!