Farlington School’s Young Enterprise Team, ‘Just Hampers’, won ‘Best Company for the Area 2014’ at the Sussex North Area Finals at the Virgin Atlantic’s HQ in Crawley on Thursday 24rd April.
The programme was tough: setting up a stall at 1pm, being grilled by the judges asking difficult accounts questions about their Final Business Report until 3pm, and then delivering a timed pitch of only four minutes to a panel of four judges in front of an audience including leading dignitaries of the Gatwick Diamond and the Mayor.
Ellie Burnell-Price, Jess Clarke, Eleanor Bell and Katie Wycliffe performed superbly, presenting a seamless business pitch whilst injecting their own humour in the short time period. This impressed the judges as they won: Best Business Pitch, Best Business Report and Final Accounts, and, finally, the big prize – Best Company for the Area 2014.
Mr Cronin, who guided the team through the Young Enterprise process, said: “This has been a fantastic achievement and a rewarding journey for the girls. The other members of the team - Holly Williams, Natalie Fung, Skye Garbi-Chapman, Isabella Zanin, Isabelle Mills, Mae Fuller and Ellie Greer - have all put in a superb effort to make their seasonal hamper company succeed.
“It has been a team effort and they have worked very well together – and it is not over yet! The girls now go forward to the Regional Finals in East Grinstead in May.”
Report and pictures contributed by Farlington School.