IOSH judges Young Enterprise Company of the Year regional final

16 June 2017

Student entrepreneurs had their companies scrutinised by IOSH during the judging of the East Midlands regional final of the Young Enterprise UK Company of the Year competition.

Student entrepreneurs had their companies scrutinised by IOSH during the judging of the East Midlands regional final of the Young Enterprise UK Company of the Year competition

The Institution joined representatives from the Institute of Directors, The Nottingham Building Society, the Federation of Small Businesses and Redrow Homes East Midlands Ltd in judging six regional finalists at Loughborough University on 6 June.

Each entrant had to complete a written report and a face-to-face interview or trade stand review, and also complete a formal presentation on the day of the final.

Once Upon a Time, a company established by students from The Minster School in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, was crowned the winners of the regional final after impressing the judges with an educational card game to develop young children’s creativity and imagination.

Little Glass Bottle, from Brookfield Community School in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, was named runner-up for its business making decorative products out of recycled glass.

The company also won the health and safety award, one of eight categories which also covered creativity and innovation, environmental, financial management, presentation, retail excellence, social enterprise and teamwork.

IOSH’s Technical Information Manager Judith McNulty-Green, who was on the regional final’s judging panel, said:

“The whole purpose of Young Enterprise is to give our young people business experience to be future leaders. IOSH got involved this year as this fits perfectly with our new five-year strategy, WORK 2022, which aims to shape the future of safety and health.”

Of Little Glass Bottle’s health and safety award, Judith said:

“The company undertook a considerable amount of processing to produce their products, including the cutting of glass bottles.

“They undertook this work themselves, whereas many of the other entries out-sourced the production of their products. Little Glass Bottle had undertaken risk assessments and identified positive control measures, which they have changed and developed.

“They used the concept of risk control to determine how their processing worked, including eliminating some risk and changing some products to less hazardous ones. As well as staff health and safety, they also considered the product safety risks.”

The competition is an annual celebration by the Young Enterprise charity of the achievements of students and their companies.

Representatives from IOSH’s Policy Division were also part of judging panels for competition’s Leicestershire and Derbyshire county finals in the lead-up to the regional final.

Once Upon a Time will go on to represent the East Midlands at the UK final in July, with the overall winner representing the UK in the Junior Achievement/Young Enterprise Europe Company of the Year competition later in the year.