Young Enterprise Goes Vinyl

Team RetrospectYoung Enterprise is a National Schools Competition that is open to students from Year 10 and up through sixth form. Running from the start of the Autumn term through to the end of the Spring term, a group of students come together to set up and run their own business. They make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs and other events.

All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise. A range of resources are provided to help manage the company. Teams track their progress using self-assessment tools and even compete against other schools in local, regional and national competitions.

Fiona Askew, Senior Management Secretary at Seaford College explains what it gives the students. “Throughout the process they learn all the different aspects of a business. They have to choose what roles they want and take their product through various stages from manufacturing to selling it, hopefully making a profit”. Continue reading

Seaford students put business brains to the test

To Dye For on their Company StandA group of Seaford students enjoyed great success in the annual Young Enterprise challenge, winning best company in Arun and Chichester to progress to the Sussex final, where they narrowly missed out on a place in the Continue reading

Seaford’s Young Enterprise Success

Seaford's Keaton Smout, Tom Newman, Jack Jamieson and Freddie Miller with their trophiesSeaford College’s Young Enterprise team, Summit, has swept the board at the Arun and Chichester Area Young Enterprise Finals, winning the Best Business Plan, Best Product, Best Presentation and Best Company Prizes. Summit produced a cookbook called Kidz Cook! with recipes for kids, by kids, that has proved so popular that the team sold out of copies, and have had to order a second print run.

Whilst gaining material success, doubling shareholders’ money and making a profit, the team are extremely mindful of Young Enterprise’s role as a charity, which gives 250,000 young people each year the opportunity to realise their potential through a range of practical enterprise programmes. Tom Newman, Managing Director of Summit, said: “For lots of teams it’s all about making a profit. But Young Enterprise is a charity and we wanted to do something that was beneficial for others.”

Summit worked with pupils from Seaford College Prep School to develop recipes to create a colourful and engaging cookbook that will encourage children to venture into the kitchen and have a go at cooking. Head oTeam Summit are photographed by the Midhurst and Petworth Observerf Design Jack Jamieson worked tirelessly to produce the cookbook, creating a final product that was praised for its ‘professional quality and finish.’

Team Summit is made up of Jack Jamieson, Sam Lowndes, Keaton Smout, Tom Newman, Freddie Miller and Wolf Labeji. They explained how they have learnt so much from the Young Enterprise programme: from organisational to teamwork skills, from being able to present in front of a large audience to learning all about shares. Jack Jamieson said: “The only presentation I’d done before was in front of a class of 16, and then we presented in front of 300 people on a proper stage with blinding lights in our faces. But we were fine; it is easier to talk about something if you are passionate about it.”

Team Summit are certainly passionate about business and pursuing a career in it. Head of Marketing, Sales, Press and Publicity Keaton Smout said: ‘Young Enterprise has persuaded me to go into marketing, it’s Continue reading

Young Enterprise Win

photo (6)webSeaford College has won the Business Plan round of the Young Enterprise scheme for the second year in a row. With their smartphone shortbread and marzipan mouse pops, eight promising young entrepreneurs from team Summit are aiming for international success through scheme.

Keaton Smout, Jack Jamieson, Wolf Labeji, Olly Hunt, Sam Lowndes, Tom Newman and Freddie Miller, from the lower sixth, have drawn up their own financial strategies, business plan, branding and marketing campaign in a bid to make waves in the healthy food industry.

Their brand new cook book, Kidz Cook! is now available to buy. Filled with recipes designed by Seaford prep school pupils, it’s flying off the shelves.

“It is already selling well,” said Keaton. “And it teaches children a necessary life skill.”

“We are all really proud of what we have achieved,” added Tom. “We’ve really learned a lot from one another.”

Thanks to their brilliant communication and team work, team Summit are proof that experience is not necessary for success.

Summit will market and sell their cookbook over the course of the academic year.  They have already won the first stage of the Young Enterprise scheme and are now hoping to make it to the finals in Europe.

Kidz Cook! is £9 and can be ordered from

The team was interviewed by The Observer, follow the link to read the article and see a video of the team and the Kidz Cook! book:

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