Denbighshire students win awards at national business final

Two groups of enterprising students have won business awards at a national final.

Pupils from Llangollen’s Ysgol Dinâs Bran and Rhuddlan’s Cambian Pengwern College won awards at the Young Enterprise Wales final in Cardiff on June 15.

The students entered the competition after a series of business courses run by the Young Enterprise charity, with funding provided by Denbighshire County Council for sessions at five schools in the county.

The Pengwern Planters, made up of 13 students aged 18 to 22, won the best report award as well as the main award, best overall team 2017, while the College’s Corey Jones won the Wales Sir John Moore Award.

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Ysgol Dinâs Bran’s team Odyssey Soaps, made up of six pupils aged 16 and 17, won the best interview at a trade stand award showcasing their hand-made vegan soap.

Stuart Firth, a tutor from Pengwern College, said: “The finals were a fantastic experience with all of the students commenting on how much they had enjoyed the day. 

“We also learnt the team’s presentation won first prize in the national Team Presentation competition which means representatives from our team will now be attending the UK London Final at the British Film Institute next month.

“We would like to offer a huge congratulations from all at Cambian Pengwern College Pengwern Planters  and the team would like to thank everyone who helped support them.”

The courses help students set up their own companies and run them for an academic year, under the guidance of business mentors.

They were funded by Denbighshire through its Economic and Community Ambition Programme which aims to support local businesses and ensure the county has a skilled workforce equipped to benefit from jobs and opportunities that arise.

Ysgol Dinâs Bran teacher Rachel Allen, said: “I am immensely proud of the whole team. Running a business is hard work at the best of times, but the students have fitted it in between revising for and sitting exams, too.

“The team was commended on their professionalism and business knowledge, as well as on their creativity and infectious enthusiasm.”

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Selwyn Griffith, North Wales’ Young Enterprise manager, said: “I want to congratulate Ysgol Dinâs Bran and Pengwern College for their success at the Wales final. The sessions provide a great platform for students to develop skills such as teamwork, resilience and to interact with their local business community.

“I would like to thank Denbighshire County Council for providing the funding to deliver these courses in the county.”

Posted on Wednesday 28th June 2017