Young Enterprise: Meet RipScene

On Saturday 5th December, seven Penrice Academy Young Enterprise students met at Cornwall Services to sell their product at the Young Enterprise Christmas Trade Fair.

RipScene, a team of Year 10s – Jake Richardson, Megan Wenmouth, Sam Goble, Heather Smith, Lucy Warne, Natalie Frazer, Lowenna Cleary, Cameron Taylor, Lewis Dorman, Eloise Rabey and Joshua Fildes – have created a surf comb and are donating 10% of profits to Surfers Against Sewage.

“Our product is a surf comb with a wax holder”, explains Lowenna, RipScene’s Operations Director. “The comb has a tooth edge for maintaining wax on your board and a straight edge for removing wax; it’s quick and easy to use!  We chose to support Surfers Against Sewage as we live so close to the sea and it is an important part of business in Cornwall.”

The Young Enterprise Company Programme is organised for young people aged 15-19 and runs for one academic year. Similar to the way Sir Alan Sugar allows aspiring entrepreneurs to test their business skills in the hit TV show The Apprentice, this programme gives students the opportunity to find out what it’s really like to set up and run a business. Working as a team they must make all the decisions – from deciding on the company name and product to creating a business plan, managing the company finances and marketing and selling to the public at trade fairs. All this takes place with the support of a volunteer business adviser.

As part of the programme the student companies exhibit at trade fairs, which allows them to sell to the public, and are judged by a panel made up of successful local business owners. During that judging process the teams are interviewed, quizzed on their product knowledge and even ‘secret shopped’. If successful, they can progress in the competition to the area, regional and UK finals.

The team came away from their first trade fair on Saturday with the award for ‘Best Social Responsibility Company’.

Mrs Hanton, Business Studies Teacher and Young Enterprise lead, said: “Saturday went really well! They did a fabulous job of selling their idea and were up against some tough competition.  Lucy, Jake and Heather really stepped up and were able to sell the product concept effectively to the judges and customers.  Some small sales were made selling Christmas decorations and these funds will go towards the product development.  The judges were impressed with the product and are really looking forward to its development for the next trade fair!”

Designers Sam, Lewis and Cameron have been working hard on designs and templates based on feedback from users.  Meanwhile the rest of the team have been working on promotional material including the website, currently in design by Josh, and social media activity led by Jake.

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Read more about Young Enterprise here.