Congratulations to Team Fusion who are through to the county finals of the Young Enterprise competition after winning three awards for presentation, product and runner up in the north Northants area final.
Teams had to submit a 12-page interim company report that covered all aspects of the company's performance and finances to date and then give a presentation to the audience at the area final. These were held at Tresham College, Kettering where competition was fierce and prizes were awarded in multiple categories.
Team Fusion, led by Aston Chapman, won the Best Presentation Award, Most Innovative Product Award, and Area Final Runner up Award which means they have secured a place at the county finals at the University of Northampton next month. Further competitions will take place at regional and national level later in the year.
Brooke Weston fielded three teams; Fusion, who sell reusable plastic tops for drinks bottles, Colour and Icon, all of whom have developed a product and associated marketing materials. They have sold their products at trade fairs across the region, including Peterborough and Leicester. Fusion also attended the National Young Enterprise Trade Fair in Stratford upon Avon last weekend, the first Brooke Weston team to have attended that particular event so far.
Managing Director Aston Chapman said: ‘We have previously won awards for best sales and marketing, customer service runner up and best product innovation. We won best company overall at the Peterborough trade fair. The first trade fair was a bit of a shambles but we managed to go back to the drawing board and turn it around. We could see from the first trade fair that our new product would be popular and we have sold upwards of 600 and have ordered new stock.’
Rebecca Bellew, the Marketing Director, said: ‘We won the sales and marketing and that was mostly for the sales pitch that we gave to the judges and because we put our product on social networking sites. I am very proud of our team.’
Finance Director Poppy Dennis said: ‘I have done the finances for the company report and had to work out the tax and do the account sheets. We have made lots of profit and I was also one of the presenters for our team at the area finals.’
Owen Stanger was in charge of Human Resources and Administration: ‘I have to make all the phone calls, make arrangements and set agendas.
Operations Director Tayla Donovan said: ‘I do all of the design and creative work and make sure that everything on our board is well presented. I am very proud at the progress we have made, particularly as we did not have the best start.’
IT Director Aidan Coull said: ‘I made the Powerpoint which was a big part of us winning the presentation award and I did all the design for the company report and social media, so it is about keeping the branding of the company. Being involved in this project has really helped me with team working and staying on a specific role.’
Will Bell who is Sales Director said: ‘I am fairly good at approaching people and selling the product.’
The team was overseen by mentors from RCI and Mr Jamie Jones. He said: ‘I am very proud of them all, they have worked incredibly hard and the challenge has been set for them to see if they can do better than last year’s team which is to get through to the next round. However Team Fusion have won more awards and made more money than their predecessors so we have just got to get them over the next hurdle. They are setting the bar high for next year’s competitors, which is an achievement in itself. They are the best team we have had at Brooke Weston. They are a team of performers, fantastically good at dealing with the general public and selling their products. I cannot compliment them enough.’