Big wins for Midhurst Rother College at enterprise competition

MIDHURST Rother College (MRC) students swept the board at this year’s Chichester College annual Young Enterprise competition.

It was the latest success for the school still basking in the glory of its outstanding Ofsted report.

The Year 12 Kudos team won internal rounds of the Dragons’ Den-style Young Enterprise competition and went on achieve the highest result ever for MRC at the Chichester College contest.

They took first prizes for best stand, best company report and best commerce and took the runner-up spot for best company.

The business developed by Kudos through the Young Enterprise programme is aimed at the leisure industry with operations covering events management, photography, and greetings cards.

One photography assignment took place on location, where Ollie Van Zwanenberg pictured the Prince of Jordan and his picture now sits in the Australian Embassy in Amman.

Kudos managing director Ashley Baker said: “This has been a great experience. The MD role has taught me a team has to be hungry for the same goal and communication skills are vital. We have had fantastic guidance from our teachers, but for the main part they have let us get on with it.”

Joint sales directors Abbie Hanlon and Harry Carter said: “What will remain with us forever is the importance of high levels of team work, great organisation and being able to keep a clear head when things don’t always go according to plan.”

Keeping the finances on track were directors Joe Cook and Shane Fumagall, while Sam Massey and Ollie van Zwanenberg employed their web and printed matter design skills.

Joint company secretary Amber Hill said she found the exercise ‘invaluable’ and having such a broad overview of the company was a real eye-opener. She was also pleased to have the opportunity to fine-tune her note-taking skills.

Amber, Harry Jones (marketing), Dean Altass-Hye, Paige Taylor and Tony Scutt were brought in by Kudos from Year 13 as consultants.

Poppy Holden and Sammy Ford looked after human resources, Keanu Mount and Bradley Hennaire were joint director of operations, and Chelsey Carver was joint company secretary with Amber Hill.