EDF Energy supports Suffolk Young Enterprise
Eight teams of Students from Suffolk competed in this year’s Young Enterprise Business Awards, which started in September and culminated in an awards event at University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building in Ipswich at the end of April.
The students were tasked with running their own business, creating a product or service, marketing and selling in a “real world” environment, producing financial reports that include profit and loss accounts and balance sheets and then finally presenting their results to a group of business judges.
The Focus School in Stoke-by-Nayland was crowned the overall winner because they shone out over a number of the criteria, including Best Trade Stand and Best Presentation.
Nicola Corbett, EDF Energy’s Sizewell C communications officer helped to judge the event which culminated in an awards event.
Nicola Corbett, Sizewell C Communications Officer, said: “Every year the competition grows and becomes more diverse which makes the judging even harder! It’s fantastic to celebrate so many talented young people in the county.”
The eight school/college run businesses that made it through to this final stage of Suffolk’s 2017 Young Enterprise year were:
Thomas Mills High School Calx
Stradbroke High School Quality Sweets
East Bergholt High School Light
The Focus School – Stoke-by-Nayland Nine Wicks
Woodbridge School Kangaroo Pouches
East Bergholt High School Clear
Alde Valley Academy Blueprint
Bungay Academy Fresh
Awards and certificates for the overall winner and the runner-up were determined by three separate judgements of the Company Reports, the afternoon Trade Stand interviews and the evening PowerPoint presentations. The Judges were required to recognise twelve critical and specific criteria, in reaching their conclusions, including for example - teamwork, communications, skills & understanding, product development, social innovation and financial performance, which were each recognised with an award.
The overall winner was also presented with the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s gift of a Trade Stand space at the forthcoming Suffolk Show. The 12 Minor Awards for specific criteria were also presented to the winners listed in the table below and most of the awards were presented by representatives of the funding partners that financed them.
Funding Partner, EDF Energy – The Focus School – ‘Nine Wicks’
Funding Partner, Ransomes Jacobsen, Ltd. - Stradbroke High School – ‘Quality Sweets’
Best Company Report:
Funding Partner, Associated British Ports – Thomas Mills High School – ‘Calx’
Best Trade Stand:
Funding Partner, Adnams of Southwold – The Focus School – ‘Nine Wicks’
Best Power-Point Presentation:
Funding Partner, British Telecom plc – The Focus School – ‘Nine Wicks’
ADDITIONAL AWARDS FOR SPECIFIC CRITERIA
Award Funding Partner Award Winner
Communications: Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Thomas Mills High School Company Administration: University of Suffolk The Focus School (Stoke-by-Nayland)
Customer Focus, Marketing & Sales: East Coast College Woodbridge School
Financial Systems & Results: Ensors Accountants LLP The Focus School
Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Suffolk County Council East Bergholt High School
Objective Setting/Planning/Review: West Suffolk College Bungay High School
Problem Solving/Overcoming Adversity: Aspall Alde Valley Academy
Product Development: Framlingham Technology Centre The Focus School
Skills & Understanding: Suffolk New College The Focus School
Social Innovation: East of England Co-operative Society Stradbroke High School
Teamwork: Haven Gateway Partnership Bungay High School
Green/Environmental Product: Healeys Print Group East Bergholt High School
Complimentary Stand at Suffolk Show: Suffolk Agricultural Association The Focus School
EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.
It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.
EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.
The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.
Through its Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.
To find out more about the UK's energy challenges visit: www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/