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Nine secondary schools battled to win local levels of Young Enterprise Awards - but Bexley Grammar took top spot

PUBLISHED: 09:31 31 March 2017

Picture by Brian Aldrich. The overall winners Chameleon Dental Bexley Grammar.

Picture by Brian Aldrich. The overall winners Chameleon Dental Bexley Grammar.

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They had to come up with, and create their own business, building reports, stands, and presentations

The award results were as follows:

- Overall winner: Bexley Grammar School’s Chameleon Dental

- Bexley winning company: Bexley Grammar School’s Chameleon Dental

- Greenwich winning company: Eltham Hill’s Enlighten

- Lewisham winning company: St Dunstan’s College’s Superfruitz

- Sidcup Rotary best business report (Bexley): Bexley Grammar School’s Chameleon Denal

- Cory Riverside Energy green award: Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar’s Alpha

- Best presentation: Bexley Grammar School’s Chameleon Dental

- Best trade stand: Bexleyheath Academy’s Carpe Diem

- Best business report: Sydenham High School and Dulwich College’s Lingua.

Bexley secondary schools battled it out last week to win awards at the local levels of the national Young Enterprise Awards 2017.

The Young Enterprise scheme is organised by Bexley Education Business Partnership in local secondary schools, whose programme aims to inspire and educate young people to understand and value the role of business, through practical business projects which develop attitudes and skills for personal success, lifelong learning and employability.

There were competing teams, on March 22, from Bexley, Greenwich, and Lewisham, and included teams from Bexley Grammar School, Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, St Catherine’s School, Bexleyheath Adacemy, Bellerbys College, Eltham Hill School, Sydenham/Dulwich, and St Dunstan’s College.

Bexley Grammar School took the title for the borough, being named Bexley Winning Company, and will now go on to the east London area final on May 5.

Picture by Derek Hope.  The winning team celebrate their overall winner award.Picture by Derek Hope. The winning team celebrate their overall winner award.

They competed by starting up real businesses and finally presenting their results to a panel of judges.

Each team came up with a business plan, raised funding, created or sourced a product, devised a marketing plan, and wrote up all their aims, strategies and achievements and results in a business like report.

The teams were given only limited help from a teacher and from a volunteer business adviser who visited them once a week.

On the night, they each set up a stand and later have a presentation to an audience of teachers, family, and guests including members of the Rotary Club of Sidcup, and the deputy mayor of Bexley, Val Clark who presented the winners with their awards.

Picture by Derek Hope. Presentation of the Sidcup Rotary Best Business Report in Bexley by President of the Rotary Club of Sidcup Malcolm Greening and right Philip Woodman from Sidcup Rotary who was one of the comperes for the evening.Picture by Derek Hope. Presentation of the Sidcup Rotary Best Business Report in Bexley by President of the Rotary Club of Sidcup Malcolm Greening and right Philip Woodman from Sidcup Rotary who was one of the comperes for the evening.

They were judged by businesses giants: Geoffrey Morrow (Disney), Hannah Smith (Whitbread), Charlotte Varty (Ministry of Defence), and Mark Gateley (Sidcup Rotary Club).

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