From the 1st-3rd July, the NLCS Young Enterprise company Forty Winks represented the London region in the UK Final, held at the InterContinental Hotel, Park Lane.
Over 2000 companies, comprised of more than 20,000 students, began this journey back in September and so to have reached the last 13 was a tremendous achievement for Forty Winks.
During the course of the three day event, the teams took part in a gruelling but exciting series of interviews with a panel of judges, culminating in a full presentation to a packed audience. Via video link, they received a message of encouragement from business guru Sir Richard Branson and were joined at the finale by the guest of honour, the Rt. Hon. Dr Vince Cable, MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Between the pressures of the interviews and presentations, the teams were able to enjoy the hospitality of Young Enterprise and event sponsors, HSBC, with a drinks reception on board the Cutty Sark and a gala dinner at the InterContinental. All in all, it was a wonderful experience for the Forty Winks team and a fitting end to a fantastic year of business achievement at NLCS.
Article: Dr. S. Goward, Young Enterprise Coordinator
"It was an invaluable experience and the whole team was excited to be involved. We had an intense three days, but we learnt a lot and hope to apply these skills in the future."
(Arianna Breslauer - Joint Managing Director, Forty Winks)
"After all our hard work the UK final was a chance to reflect on everything that we have achieved in the past year. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet not only important business people, but get to know people our own age who stand a good chance of being the successful entrepreneurs of the future."
(Annie-Rose Peterman - Joint Managing Director, Forty Winks)
Link to YouTube video from event: