Manufacturer supports winning young enterprise school team

TDK-Lambda & Ilfracombe Academy Young Enterprise Team | Business Action | North Devon business news

A North Devon young enterprise team supported by TDK Corporation has won Best Company Presentation award at the South West Enterprise final.

TDK Corporation is supporting Ilfracombe Academy’s Young Enterprise team and, after attending two trade fairs in Exeter, the Academy’s ‘Wood on Waves’ team presented its ‘better our beaches’ vintage body boards at the regional Young Enterprise Final on 26 April 2017 at the Met Office.

The competition involved teams running their own mini-business to develop a product or service and market it in a ‘real world’ environment. Nine teams made it through to the final stage of the competition, which involved them pitching their businesses to a panel of judges via a company report, trade stand and formal PowerPoint-style presentation. Young Enterprise plays a vital role in providing financial education and experience to young people; companies across Devon benefit greatly from the talent on offer.

“Wood on Waves is truly an inspirational group of young people,” says Paul Swan, finance director at TDK-Lambda UK. “Their passion, work ethic and determination to succeed has impressed throughout. They are a shining example of the workplace skills and confidence developed by young people through participation in such programmes.”

During the South West Young Enterprise final, Wood on Waves presented its range of environmentally friendly surf related products that celebrate the beauty of North Devon. Led by Maya Nardoni, the team won ‘Best Company Presentation’.

“Working with the business advisors has enabled the students to become familiar with a professional environment and the whole year has been a thoroughly worthwhile experience, which I would recommend to any school or college,” says Richard Vale, teacher at Ilfracombe Academy.

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