Last night I had the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony for the Young Enterprise North Cumbria Area Final which was held at the Crown and Mitre Hotel in Carlisle. This was the final stage for the Young Enterprise companies and each was judged on the night to identify the top two companies that would represent North Cumbria at the Cumbria Finals in May.
After enjoying a welcome drink and the opportunity to speak with students, other sponsors and businesses we were seated to observe the company presentations that followed. The companies were made up of teams of students from Austin Friars St Monica’s School, Caldew School, Newman School, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, The Nelson Thomlinson School, Trinity School and William Howard School. All the companies did a fantastic job with high quality presentations demonstrating a diverse range of products and services that they had initiated and it was clearly going to be difficult decision to identify the winner.
The presentations were being judged by members of Carlisle South Rotary Club and contributed to a third of their total marks. The judging panel retired to consider their final decision during which further awards were presented including the Participation, Profitability, Trade Stand, Company Report, and Student of the Year. At David Allen we sponsored and presented the Profitability award which was won by Diverse from Trinity School.
After enjoying a delicious two course meal, everyone was eagerly awaiting the final awards of the night which included Marketing, Best Company Presentation and the Special Achievement Award. After these were presented the awards were given for Company Programme Runner Up and Champion Company and these went to TYDY from Caldew School and DigiPi from The Nelson Tomlinson School.
TYDY and DigiPi will both now go forward to represent North Cumbria at the Young Enterprise Cumbria finals.
At David Allen we are proud to be a sponsor of such a worthwhile event. It is clear from the evening that these students have gained a lot of valuable skills and experience needed to develop in their future careers and we wish them all the best with their individual development going forward.