Ben Taylor receiving his award from Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Mayor of Woking


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Ben Taylor, a student at Ryde Academy, has picked up the ‘Best Journey’ award at the Young Enterprise South East region Company of the Year Awards 2019.

The award is presented to the student in Young Enterprise’s Company Programme who has made the most transformational journey.

The South East Region Awards were held at the H G Wells Centre in Woking on 5th June and present were 10 teams from schools from Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and the Channel Islands.

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Ben was Marketing Director of Deja Brew, a company which sources fresh coffee beans from Costa Rica to sell to local people in the community. He was nominated by his teacher who could see how Ben had personally changed by taking part in a team project, working to deadlines and financial constraints and making contacts outside the school environment.

Ben said:

“I am delighted to have won this award and am very grateful to my teachers and supporters such as my family, my friends, Miss Bell, Mrs Clarke, Miss Muncaster and my Business Adviser Mr Reuben Loake, from Isle of Wight Jobs, who gave us all great support and advice over the past 10 months.

“I have learnt so many things, mainly to believe in myself and what I can achieve when I put my mind to it.  I am much more confident although standing on stage and speaking to an audience in public was pretty nerve racking, I pushed through and did the best I could.

“At the start of the Young Enterprise Programme in September I didn’t know what benefits I would get from it and I was completely unmotivated and lost having contracted Bacterial Meningitis in 2018 but this programme brought it all back to me and I strongly encourage anyone who has the opportunity to take part in the Young Enterprise programme to do it. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity that has to be seized”.

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