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Happy Hands win first place in the Best Presentation competition and become runner up for Company of the Year

Our Academy’s Young Enterprise company ‘Happy Hands’ have been awarded first place in the National Team Programme Best Presentation competition. 

The Young Enterprise Team Programme inspires students with special education needs to work together as they set up and run their own real company. The team work together to design and produce products to sell in the local community.

For the competition the team designed an in-depth video (https://youtu.be/F3jGIpeK26Y ), which gave the audience an insight into their journey, showing how they made their logo and product. The video also included TV style interviews, which explained everyone’s role in the company as well as key financial information.

The judge, who is a professional communication skills consultant with over 15 years’ experience working in the corporate arena was very impressed and gave the following feedback:

'Bright and engaging beginning.  Fun way to introduce everyone like a TV interviewer.  Everyone seemed very pleased with the role they had been assigned. Good logical structure about the project and then images of how the stand and customer interaction was achieved.  Very clear commercials to back-up the story of the project.  Lovely closing images of the team to neatly finish off the presentation. A very clearly communicated message of what the project was, the way it was executed, the challenges and the financials.'

This year the company have also achieved second place in both the Best Trade Stand and Best Logo competition, contributing to their overall success of being awarded runner up of the Team Programme Company of the Year. 

The team scored a total of 28 out of 30 points, which caused a tie with another company. Directors then decided to present the award to the company, which had been most consistent throughout, meaning that they narrowly missed out on first place.

Nikki Clark said: ‘I am so proud of the students’ achievement in the Best presentation competition as this was such a challenging task for them and it is an amazing achievement for 'Happy Hands' to be runner up to Team Programme Company of The Year and be placed in the top two of all three competitions.

‘Managers Jess and Blake have also been superstars throughout representing the company at many events and speaking to people about their product. It was also wonderful to see Blake being awarded the Sir John Moores’ award for the East Midlands.’

‘This is the seventh year that CBA students have taken part in the Young Enterprise Team Programme, but it is the first year that we have done it as a joint venture with another school ‘The Bee Hive’. The students all love cakes and cooking so we decided on a recipe booklet.

‘The competitions have helped the students develop key social and communication skills. Working with 'The Bee Hive' students allowed them to get to know other peers their own age, which will help them in their next steps when they leave CBA and go on to college or work. They then had to interact with strangers at the trade fairs, which helped them grown in confidence and in turn raised their self-esteem.

‘They also developed other important skills with money – realising the value of money that when you work you receive money.

‘We are now looking forward to next year’s competition and taking on new challenges. We are already thinking about possible product ideas and are considering a re-vamp including a new name for the company.’