Richard Huish College’s Young Enterprise Team were recently awarded overall winners in the ‘Organisation Management’ category in this year’s ‘Young Enterprise Company Programme’ regional finals.

The programme is designed to give students the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial and employability skills through setting up and running a business. These skills include financial capability, communication, problem-solving and resilience. The Somerset section of the competition culminated at this year’s ‘EAT Taunton’ event where judges, who represented the Young Enterprise, were able to review all competing teams from local schools for a variety of categories.

The Huish team, which consisted of both UK and international students, created a business marketing handcrafted mobile phone covers using real pressed flowers, glitter and images under the brand ‘Mobile Coverage.’

In the build-up to the final, the students took the chance to increase their selling experience by having a stall at local shopping centres garnering lots of attention on social media from the general public, creative businesses and also from investor, successful entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star, Deborah Meaden, who later purchased a case for herself.

The project was mentored under the guidance of Centre lead, Philippa Reader, who said, “I was really proud of the students at the trade fair. It was an opportunity for them to enjoy the success they had achieved from several months of hard work. Throughout the day, they interacted with people who showed a genuine interest in their enterprise and the YE judges commended them on the confidence and skills they had developed.”