Enterprising College Students Awarded for Business Success!

Date: 20/04/2015

A group of business-minded Catering & Hospitality students from Dearne Valley College are celebrating after winning numerous awards at a regional competition, as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme.

The students launched their successful business, ‘The Seasonal Sensation’ in 2014 as part of the scheme, selling homemade jams and chutneys, including popular favourites, Mango Chutney and Sweet Chilli Jam, under the supervision of the College’s Learner Involvement Co-ordinator, Emily Senior, and Young Enterprise Business Advisor, Mark Greenwood.

The young entrepreneurs attended the Rotherham and Sheffield regional competition 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 walked away with three trophies, including awards for ‘Best Company: Runner-up’, ‘Best Communication & Team Work’ and ‘Best Financial Management’.

Emily Senior, Learner Involvement Co-ordinator at Dearne Valley College who works with the students on the scheme added: “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, who provide repeat custom. The students have organised everything from the recipes for the products, to their budgets, booking out the College’s kitchen and the marketing of the business.”

The students now face a tougher challenge as they head to the South Yorkshire County Final competition which will take place on the 6th May at the Doncaster Knights Rugby Club Castle Park, where they will compete for the prestigious South Yorkshire County Winner’s title.

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