Entrepreneurs from the Sixth Form won two awards at the county final of the Young Enterprise Awards. The group formed their own company, Sasindo, to manufacture and sell their own range of candles.
The group, headed by Jack Crane, already won a trophy as runner up in the Best Company category at the area finals. In the latest round they scooped the ‘Best Health and Safety’ and ‘Best Marketing’ categories as well as a certificate for taking part.
Each of the students was given their own role and responsibilities: Chloe Archer was Finance Director and Ross Freeman headed up Marketing. Savanna Jones was in charge of human resource, Abbie Lang’s responsibility was IT. Kaylie Lincoln was Company Secretary, Ross Mulligan was Production Director while the Sales Director role was assigned to Molly Polak.
The team sourced and costed the raw materials and came up with their own recipes for candles. They promoted and sold them at trade fairs both at Brooke Weston and externally and wrote up their own detailed company report, which included an extended section on health and safety procedures in the manufacturing process.
The team attended the county final at the University of Northampton where six teams battled to go through to the regional level. Each team gave a quick presentation about their products and spoke to a panel of judges. The company will carry on until the end of this academic year, selling off the remainder of their stock.
Ross Freeman said: ‘We tried to go for the Health and Safety award because in our report we did a double page spread on it, because being candle manufacturers it had to be something that we focussed on. Since they we have made a production video showing how we manufacture the candles which says to tie your hair back and use goggles. We have made adverts and really made sure the word was out there about our product.’
Jack added: ‘We had good quality products and our marketing campaign was successful. It was a very good team effort and we are pleased with the trophies that we won.’