Tuesday, December 1, 2015

News: Students rise to enterprise challenge

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Business-savvy students from Thomas Rotherham College and Rotherham College scooped the top prizes at a recent enterprise competition organised by Rotherham Youth Enterprise (RYE).

RYE is supported by Rotherham Council, enabling access to self-employment advice for young people between ages 18 and 30.

This year's Youth Enterprise Challenge was to come up with an idea for a pop-up shop to be based on Rotherham High Street. Internal heats were held teams selected to go to the final from Wath sixth form, Thomas Rotherham College, Rotherham College and Dearne Valley College.

Having visited the town centre, the teams had to research, design, plan and market their idea and were judged on their business plans before pitching seven times to 22 judges from local businesses.

Ideas ranged from themed diners, spaces designed for students to relax, vinyl stores, healthy food stores and a handmade soap boutique.

Scientist Emily Green (pictured) won Best Presentation, Best Business Plan and overall winner of the sixth form category with her business "Natural Creations"; a soap business using only natural ingredients.

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Rotherham College Level 3 Business students, team "Imperial" won the Best Team Presentation award and won £50 and Level 2 students, team "Fresh Fusion" won a total of £250 for winning the Most Innovative Pop-up-shop Idea award and also the Overall Winning Team award.

"The Music Shed" from TRC won Most Innovative Idea award for their music business idea.

Donna Hine, Curriculum Leader for Business at Rotherham College, said: "The students confidently pitched their ideas to a panel of judges from the local business community. The hard work which they put into the challenge enabled them to deliver a professional and confident pitch – well done team "Fresh Fusion" and "Imperial."

A spokesperson from TRC, added: "From their experiences, the students feel more focussed on further developing their business skills and are now aware of where they can find local business support and advice if they need it."

RYE has supported a number of town centre businesses, helping the likes of Baby Blossom Boutique, Patchwork Pig and Props Skate store to secure much needed grants and successfully apply for pop-up shops. Advisors also work closely with enterprises who are test-trading their products in the innovative Makers Emporium on the High Street.

Rotherham Youth Enterprise website

Images: RYE

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