27 Apr 16
Hinkley Point C

EDF Energy supports Young Enterprise in Suffolk

Anticipation is mounting in schools as pupils wait to compete in this year’s Suffolk Young Enterprise business awards event taking place today (27 April).

An impressive 17 schools from across Suffolk have each launched a business with 12 going through to the finals today to present their company plans to a panel of judges.

There are 18 awards up for grabs which celebrate different business talents. Teams will also compete for the ‘Overall Winner Award’, sponsored by EDF Energy, which will take them through to the Young Enterprise Regional Finals being held in Cambridge in June.

EDF Energy’s Nicola Corbett will once again be on the panel of judges for the event which is being held at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich.

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.”

Pat Trimmer, Suffolk Young Enterprise Manager said: “We are delighted with the dedication and enthusiasm that all students taking part have demonstrated this year and it will be a closely run race.”

Entrants for the 2016 Suffolk Young Enterprise Awards

Company name



East Bergholt High School


Ipswich School


Thurston Community College

The Wick & Wax Co

Woodbridge School


East Bergholt High School

Daisy Chain

Ipswich High School for Girls


Alde Valley Academy


Debenham High School


Newmarket Academy


West Suffolk College

Second Klass

Mildenhall Academy


Thomas Mills High School

Notes to editors

About the Young Enterprise Company Programme.


Under our flagship Company Programme students find out what it’s really like to set up and run a business.

Delivered across an academic year, young people make all the decisions about their company, from raising the initial share capital through to designing their product or service to selling directly to customers and ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes. All this takes place with the support of a Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise to the team.

Students can also choose to set up their business as a social enterprise, which focuses on addressing a social need rather than maximising profit.

Young Enterprise helps teachers embed practical business skills and the government’s statutory guidance on careers advice in the curriculum. A number of exam boards map Company against a range of their qualifications.

This renowned programme has been running since 1963 and in that time over a million 15-19 year olds have taken part.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 14,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/