Gander Stockport Young Business of the Year winners crowned

The winners of the Gander Stockport Young Business of the Year business challenge, in partnership with the Seashell Trust were crowned in early February, following a presentation finale held at the charity’s Cheadle Hulme HQ.

Solarium, a team from Aquinas College, fought off six other teams from Cheadle Hulme, Stockport and Aquinas College, with a fantastic all round performance, covering their project, business report, fundraising and presentation.

All the teams were given some initial seed funding by the Seashell Trust and then supported by Gander mentors to maximise their return, while learning some real life business lessons, indeed the students from the four teams at Cheadle & Marple College, achieved a full unit of their BTEC Business course, by participating.

The teams created a variety of different business ideas and collectively generated a profit of over £800, which will go to support the fantastic work at the Seashell Trust.

Having developed, produced and sold their products in the run up to Christmas, the teams had to produce a business report and then present to a panel of judges representing the Seashell Trust, Gander, Stockport Council and local business leaders.

Solarium were worthy winners, having supported multiple events to sell snacks, drinks and home made cakes and making over £200 in the process. The judges scored them highly through all the categories and were particularly impressed that their team branding was a reference to the Seashell Trust, demonstrating their understanding of the aims of the project.

Aquinas College Prinicipal, Danny Pearson commented “Many thanks to Gander and the Seashell Trust for coming together to provide this opportunity for Stockport’s young people. The mentors have been great with our students and we thank them very much for their time and commitment. What a fantastic experience it has been, well done to all the teams and both the Aquinas teams have done the college proud”

Pic: Three members of the winning team, with their mentor Michelle Hay, from Michelle Hay Training