Young Enterprise teams from across Cornwall will be competing for the Company of the Year title and other awards at the 2017 county finals being held in St John’s Hall, Penzance on Thursday 4 May. 

Around twelve schools or colleges are expected to take part, showcasing the products or services they have been developing since the beginning of the academic year last September. Ranging from road safety clothing to an employment service for teenagers, the creativity and business acumen displayed by the students have impressed judges at the previous Christmas and Spring Fair events. 

“The ingenuity and determination to succeed never cease to amaze me,” said Chair of the Young Enterprise board John Topham. “Starting a new business and working with a team is a challenge in itself, let alone when you are at school or college with lots of important academic work to do. These young people are a real inspiration and I know I speak for the rest of the board, the judges and all the local companies who will be attending the finals when I say that we’re really looking forward to seeing their stands and hearing their presentations.

“They’ve come a long way in the last eight months and have, in the process, learnt a range of skills that will stand them in very good stead for the future. I know choosing an overall winner to represent the county at the regional finals is going to be an extremely difficult task.” 

Last year’s Cornwall winners, The Seaweed Gardeners from Truro School, went all the way through to the national finals in London and appeared on BBC’s Breakfast show.

Excitement is now mounting as the 2017 contenders add finishing touches to their pitches and prepare for one last county showdown.