Write Here, Write Now, ‘Write’ Wins!

Stone Town Mayor, Cllr Cathy Collier is pictured with the winning team from St Dominics
Stone Town Mayor, Cllr Cathy Collier is pictured with the winning team from St Dominics

St Dominic’s High School for Girls Team wins Area Finals of the Young Enterprise Company Programme

It could have been a daunting experience, presenting to a panel of judges as well as a room full of contemporaries and dignitaries, at Yarnfield Park Business Centre but eight teams of teenage entrepreneurs from schools in the Stone and Stafford area were un-phased on Wednesday 25th March.

Having set up their Trade Stands in one of the meeting rooms, up to 4 members of each team delivered a 4 minute Business presentation as part of the Young Enterprise programme.

Since September 2014, the students have created their own company, developed and produced a product and sold to the public in as many ways as possible. The competition on the evening is judged on three elements, the Trade Fair which was held in February, a detailed Company Report as well as the presentation made by the students.

On the night, awards were presented by Mike Cousins from Wedgewood and Councillor Cathy Collier, Mayor of Stone. First place went to ‘Write’ from St Dominics High School for Girls in Brewood for their range of children’s books based on the curriculum requirements for Key Stage 1 and 2. ‘Write’ also won the Trade Fair Award. Write will go on the represent Stafford and Stone in the County Finals on Friday 8th May.

Second Place went to Ad Astra from Alleyne’s Academy. Their product, inspired by the recent enthusiasm for baking, was a series of stencil sets for decorating cakes and drinks. Ad Astra also won the Innovation Award.
Third place went to Cygni form Blythe Bridge High School and 6th Form with their quirky cake stands and candles using Staffordshire pottery. Cygni also won the Best Business Plan Award and Best Company Report Award.
Laura Pollitt from Blythe Bridge High School, mentoring Cygni, won the award for Link Teacher of the Year. Business Advisor of the Year Award went to Joshua Drill Frogatt from HSBC who was business advisor to St Dominics school.

The event was sponsored by Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, Stafford Borough Council and the Wedgwood Group who again provided the fantastic awards. Stafford and Stone Young Enterprise Board would like to express their gratitude for their generosity.

The next stage of the competition is the County Finals, to be hosted by Wedgwood in their premises in Barlaston. The team from St Dominics High School for Girls will be up against teams from Uttoxeter, Stoke on Trent and Lichfield. We wish ‘Write’ every success in the County Finals and beyond.