Young Wimbledon businessmen battle way to finals of prestigious enterprise competition


Year 10 students from Kings College School reached the South London finals of The Young Enterprise Awards.

By Emma Birkett, Tom Ede and Seema Hakim

Budding young businessmen of Wimbledon’s King’s College School battled their way to the South London finals of The Young Enterprise Awards last month.

Cover Initiative, a group of Year 10 boys, came second to Sutton Grammar School in the Sutton and Merton finals with their scribble case – an iPhone cover you can draw on. 

The team of eight beat six opponents and will now compete against other South London Schools at Croydon’s Trinity School on May 10.

Economics and Social Sciences Teacher at KCS, Shelley Gosher, said: “It’s the first time we have had a team get this far so it’s very exciting.

“It’s especially good for the boys as they are only in Year 10 and most of the other competitors are in Year 12.”

Both schools will battle with six other South London teams where they will give four minute presentations to an audience of 200 after being interviewed by a panel of judges.

Miss Gosher said the boys are now preparing a new presentation and revamping their trade stand so it is more professional.

“It’s difficult to say how well we’ll get on because we don’t know what the levels are going to be.

“We could be in with a relatively good chance,” she added.

Bracey Parish, Young Enterprise manager for South London, said it was unusual for a team this young to participate but the school felt it would be more appropriate for that age group.

He added: “They have done extremely well. They have in effect beaten off opposition from students two years older than them.

“It’s basically teaching them about the world of business structure whilst in education.”

Young Enterprise is the UK’s largest business and enterprise education charity with over 225,000 young people learning about business every year.

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