A group of talented students from Dearne Valley College are celebrating after an award winning success.
The young entrepreneurs, who were part of the Young Enterprise Scheme, attended a Rotherham and Sheffield regional competition final to compete against other schools and colleges and, as part of the event, had to produce a 10-page business report, present their business to a panel of judges and set up a trading stand.
The students including Lewis Grice, 16, from Denaby and Luke Turton, 17, from Swinton, launched their successful business, ‘The Seasonal Sensation’ in 2014 as part of the scheme, selling homemade jams and chutneys, under the supervision of the college’s learner Involvement coordinator, Emily Senior, and young enterprise business advisor, Mark Greenwood.
The students walked away with three trophies, including awards for ‘Best Company: Runner-up’, ‘Best Communication and Team Work’ and ‘Best Financial Management’.
Learner involvement coordinator at DVC, Emily Senior, said: “We are extremely proud of our students for their achievements so far. They’ve come from a College background with no business knowledge and experience, to launching a successful, profitable enterprise which has already established a fantastic customer base, which provides repeat custom. The students organised everything from recipes for the products, to their budgets, booking out the College’s kitchen and the marketing.”
The students now face a tougher challenge as they head to the South Yorkshire County Final competition for the South Yorkshire County Winner’s title, which takes place on May 6 at the Doncaster Knights Rugby Club Castle Park.