Abbey Gate College Students Crowned Young Enterprise ‘North West Company of the Year

20th May 2019

Talented students from Abbey Gate College have risen to the ultimate business challenge to be crowned ‘North West Company of the Year’ in the regional finals of the Young Enterprise Company Programme.

The winning team, ‘GreenBean’, battled it out against eight other teams from Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Lancashire, who over the course of the year have all set up and run successful companies. The team also received the award for ‘Best Presentation’.

‘GreenBean’, who previously won the County final, developed the ‘BabyBean’, a mini bean bag made from recyclable materials which can be used as a stress aid and to assist dexterity.

The competition held by Young Enterprise, a national charity that supports young people to successfully earn and manage money, celebrates talented young entrepreneurs changing the face of business. It requires students to make all the decisions about their business, from deciding the company name and product, to creating a business plan, managing their finances and selling their products directly to the public.

‘GreenBean’ will be one of only fourteen teams invited to compete at the ‘UK Company of the Year’ award ceremony to be held in London on 18 June. The winner will go on to represent the UK at the ‘Junior Achievement Company of the Year’ final taking place in Lille, France in July with President Macron in attendance.

Jasper Naylor, Managing Director of GreenBean, said: “We are delighted to have won the regional final with our BabyBean product and are excited to represent the North West in London.”

Teacher of Business & Economics and Young Enterprise Coordinator, Kevin Bailey added: “The students have performed exceptionally well to achieve the North West Company of the Year. They have a lovely product underpinned with great business values and they are excited about representing Abbey Gate College at the national final and showcasing their product.”