Our Young Enterprise team, East Coast Eats, have sold over 300 copies of their magnificent cookery book and, on the way, being a fine example of a young business, have turned a very healthy profit. Moreover, they have persuaded no fewer than seven retailers to stock their cookery books, designed with those taking self-catering holidays in mind. And if you have somehow missed the chance to purchase a copy for yourself in your local browsing, they even have a few copies available for sale direct! Perhaps most importantly the students have been on a journey of self-discovery. They have learned to run a business make decisions and take risks. This has taught them innumerable lessons and has given them life skills, and, of course, made them very much more employable – and their forthcoming university applications all the more impressive!
But Young Enterprise is also a competition (https://www.youtube.com/user/YoungEnterpriseUK), and the team recently competed at the regional final having won the Suffolk final. They performed magnificently, winning the trade stand and business interview with margin to spare, and presenting to the audience with flair, humour and amazing poise. Sadly, though, only one team could go forward to the national Final and, by a whisker, East Coast Eats finished as runners up. Although disappointed, our sixth formers took the news with great character, strength and good grace. After all, they have left a legacy which will sit proudly on bookshelves across East Anglia for many years to come. Mrs Wright, our head of enterprise said, “It has been an honour to work with such a fantastic group of young people this year. East Coast Eats set a fantastically high standard, and can be immensely proud to have been the region’s best selling and most profitable company this year.” And the pupils? Jude Ashken, Mollie Biddle, Jessica Bowers, Joshua Bradbeer, Saxon Gallo, Mary Godfrey, Thea Hall, Daniel Hempstead, Ella Holliday, Sebastian Lamb, Nathan Little, Georgia Martin, Lily Proudfoot and Callum Sycamore.