Uckfield students win Young Business Minds 2014

Uckfield students win Young Business Minds 2014

A team from Uckfield Community Technology College has won this year's Young Business MindsTM competition. Now in its fourth year, the annual inter-college competition for year 12 students, organised and developed by The Marketing Eye in Uckfield, was won by a team called ‘URART'. The winning team, consisting of Jack Ricketts, Chris St Denis, and Kieran Heeley, produced a business plan to provide personalised vinyl graphic products.


Providing both personalised and stock vinyls for the home or even car, URART's in depth and thought through business plan really stood out to the judges. "URART was a well-considered, realistic and exceptional business plan. The students had considered every angle, gave a brilliant presentation and showed real entrepreneurship." says Neil Edwards, Managing Director of The Marketing Eye and judge.

He continues:  "All of us on the judging panel were extremely impressed by the detail and astute business minds the winning team showed. Not only did the team from Uckfield come up with a viable business plan, but they were already taking steps to make it a reality. They researched the market well and had a strong financial plan with a clear idea of how they saw the business developing over time."

 "The standard of presentations grows each year. The judges were all really impressed with not only the innovation of some teams, but the tremendous effort put in to put together realistic and high calibre business plans. The practical element of the competition will put each student in good stead as they approach their final year of ‘A' Level studies and look ahead to their careers or time at university."

Launched to give a real focus to the time between year 12 exams and the end of the school year, the schools which took part this year were Tonbridge School, Uplands Community College, Sussex Downs College, Heathfield Community College, Uckfield Community Technology College and Ringmer Community College. The plan was then documented into a written report and pitched to a panel made up of Neil Edwards from The Marketing Eye, Adrian Corbin from Scientifica, James Duggan from Simmons Gainsford and Hamish Smith from Rix & Kay.

The team in second place was ‘Keepsake Ltd' from Uplands Community College in Wadhurst - which presented a business plan for a wireless on-the-go phone charger that is built into each phone case.

In third place was a team from Uckfield Community Technology College with ‘GB Men', with a company that aimed to sell organic Gingerbread Men; and, in fourth place, was ‘Happen,' again, from Uckfield Community Technology College, an idea for a location based App that offered real time events and local knowledge for those visiting an area.

The ‘Tavolo' team won a cash prize of £150 - donated by Uckfield-based Scientifica - and a trophy. The runners-up won £50 - donated by Rix & Kay and Simmons Gainsford.

Posted: 17th of July 2014

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