Posted by Gary Mackley-Smith on May 16, 2017
Pupils from Devonport High School for Girls are celebrating success after winning the local Young Enterprise finals in front of teachers, parents and entrepreneurs at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel.
The team of girls created a company called ‘Iridescent’ to produce an innovative water bottle called ‘Hyduration’ that allows the user to track their water intake during a normal working day. It can also track water intake on a 10-mile run.
The team, competing with 5 other schools around Plymouth, won 5 awards for: Quality of Product, Marketing, Presentation Skills, Best Spring Fair Stall, and Best Team.
Billionaire businessman Chris Dawson of The Range has given the teenage entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their product direct to his company.
Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. It makes the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed.
Oliver Timmis of Top 40 accountants, Bishop Fleming, who was Iridescent’s team mentor, commented: “The team worked really hard throughout the competition, which provided a real insight into the ins and outs of running a business. Winning 5 awards was a fantastic achievement for the team and is well deserved.”
Bishop Fleming has seconded eight of its staff, as volunteers, to act as business advisers to various schools in the region taking part in Young Enterprise.
The young entrepreneurs now go forward to the South West Regional Finals in Gloucester on 14 June 2017, where they will compete with the winners of other local finals.
Bishop Fleming’s Managing Partner, Matthew Lee, will present a £500 prize to the winning team.
Pam Tuckett, a partner in Bishop Fleming’s Plymouth office, commented: “Sponsorship of Young Enterprise is one of the many ways Bishop Fleming supports financial education. This year the firm is also offering three work experience weeks to year 12 students to give them the experience of life in a real accountancy firm.”
Mrs. Tuckett added: “Bishop Fleming is among the UK’s top three advisors to Academies and schools, with more than 400 clients in the sector, so we have a keen interest in helping schools to bridge the gap with the world of work.”
About 200 young people took part in the 2017 Young Enterprise tournament. They started in September 2016, created companies, designed products, had them made, and sold them at Christmas and spring trade fairs, and other places. The youngsters also had to produce high-quality company reports, sets of financial figures, and give presentations to a judging panel.