Awards to recognise inspiring young entrepreneurs

Three student groups of budding business owners from Shrewsbury College will be attending, and presenting, at this week’s prestigious Young Enterprise Awards in Telford.

The awards, which are part of an international event, recognise the hard work, initiative and inspirational attributes that young business men and women across the county have achieved over the last year. Winners will receive an award, the chance of a place in the regionals and the honour of being the company chosen to represent Shropshire. The overall national winners will win a grant to help them set up their company.

48 teams across Shropshire will be attending the evening’s events, along with hundreds of specially invited guests. Only three teams have been asked to present at the awards on Friday, two of which are from Shrewsbury College.

Sarah Probert, Curriculum Leader for Business, said:  “I’m thrilled with the hard work all three of our Enterprise groups have put in in this last year. They have proven that determination and hard work goes a long way.

“Both Mellini, our clothing brand company and P2S (Pathway to Sustainability) have been nominated for the presentation award, so they will be presenting their brand/product on the night, in front of an audience of business owners and advocates from across Shropshire. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to showcase their companies.”

“As a College, we aim to get our students involved in real life experiences and if they can do that while they are studying with us it is a huge advantage.”

Tom Lewis, Marketing Director of Mellini and BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Level 3 student, said: “The journey over the last year has been phenomenal. We have put a lot of hard work into making Mellini a recognisable and exciting brand by attending trade fairs, with robust marketing and using social media.

“We are grateful for the amount of support we have received from local business figures and the local MP, Daniel Kawczynski. Our aim has been to represent Shropshire and we have stuck by the motto of, think local, act global,” he added.

MP Daniel Kawczynsk was invited in to the College last week to witness first-hand what the enterprise groups have achieved. He said: “I am bowled over by the ingenuity, energy, focus and extraordinary talent these young men and women have shown.  They truly are role models for young Salopians.”

Clothing brand, Mellini, unique craft company, Tiny Treasures and team enterprise group, P2S, who have incorporated their curriculum subject of sustainability into inventing toys out of recycled plastic bottles, are all attending Friday’s event.

Young Enterprise is an education/business charity that runs a suite of programmes designed to initiate young people into the world of business. The county-wide competition is part of an international event and is the first rung on the ladder of a potential roller-coaster ride for budding business people.

The awards will take place on Friday, May 9 at the Park Inn, Telford.

For more information about Business courses at Shrewsbury College please call 01743 342333

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