Young Enterprise

We are thrilled to announce that our brilliant Year 12 Young Enterprise team, Synergy has achieved a Highly Commended Award for Sustainability and Ethics in the Young Enterprise Gloucestershire Company of the Year Digital Showcase which took place on 1 April 2020.

The aim of the Young Enterprise experience is to empower young people and to provide them with the vital soft skills needed to learn how to set up and run their own business, whilst developing an enterprising mindset and making a valuable contribution to the community and wider society.

Year 12 students Toby (Managing Director), Emilie (Managing Director), Harvey, Thomas, Dan, James, James, Jacob, Josh, and Oguzhan started the Young Enterprise experience in September 2019 and soon registered a company called Synergy with the aim of making some money, whilst developing strong sustainability and ethical values as a company.

Students invested their own money into the business to generate start-up capital, as well as organising a staff car wash, disco for Year 7 students at Bournside, and offering refreshments at the school production and other school events. This allowed the business to explore their main product ideas, which was to source and manufacture keyrings and other accessories made from fishing net washed up on beaches.

Head of Business, Economics and Law, Mr Kelly said: “I was very impressed with the team’s ideas to make money whilst protecting the environment. They also focused on personalised t-shirt printing on fully sustainable garments made from bamboo fibres and fair trade cotton. The students were brilliant to work with from start to finish and are a credit to our school.

They experienced the ups and downs of running their own business, but at all times presented themselves in a professional manner which they should be proud of. By the end of the process the students had made a healthy profit of approximately £600. A huge well done to all.”

For further information, search @synergyye1 on Twitter and Instagram, or visit www.young-enterprise.org.uk.