MOJO gave an amazingly professional performance in the Area Showcase of Young Enterprise and won the Best Presentation Trophy for their four-minute speech.
This time of year is always an exciting one for the Young Enterprise team as it gives them the opportunity to attend the Bury and Bolton Area Showcase Final and compete against other schools in the area, showing off their business ideas and progress. Young Enterprise is open to all Year 12 students at Bury Grammar School and we were delighted this year to have so many boys join the team for the first time in years as part of our Sixth Form Friday Activities programme.
Young Enterprise is a national competition which requires students to set up, finance, operate, market and liquidate their own private limited company over a period of nine months. Within set guidelines, they choose what to make, design it, produce it, sell it and hopefully make a profit for their effort. But the competition is about so much more, namely the skills that students develop along the way!
This year's team 'MOJO' certainly had an eventful journey, taking a while to decide on a product and then facing endless problems with suppliers of materials, breakdown of machinery and a lack of money! Commitment from some team members waned and the team soon decreased from 16 to 12. To their credit, they managed to get a product - personalised mugs, to market (although a little late) and learn lots along the way. Fundraising opportunities came from the Christmas Craft Fair and the Manchester Christmas Markets, both great but very different experiences which enabled them to finance their mugs. In preparation for the Area Showcase Final, held at Bolton College on Monday 19th March, the team had to submit a 10 page company report, complete with Interim Accounts, prepare a four minute presentation to be performed on the night, set up a trade stand (which is shown in the photo) and endure a twenty minute interview with a panel of judges.
The team were amazing at the competition; professional, smart, courteous and their efforts were rewarded with the trophy for Best Presentation of all teams taking part, a fantastic achievement. Judges commented on their very honest account of the 'journey' they had been on and commended their resilience in overcoming so many problems. We are very proud of MOJO and know that the Young Enterprise experience has equipped these students with some key employability skills that they will utilise in the future; communication, teamwork, organisation and resilience to name but a few. Well Done MOJO!
The team are: Sam Lambert, Joe Holland, Charlotte Fulford, Maria Bracegirdle, Harry Dalziel, Max Dalziel, Ava Moden, Iram Sultan, Aliza Mahmood, Ben Wilkinson, Tom Parker and Liam Harrison.