Chiltern Area Young Enterprise Finals Day

From Vee Bharakda, Chairman, Chiltern Chamber:
I was honoured to be asked to be Chair of the judges on Sunday 20 March at the Chiltern Area Young Enterprise Finals day at the Beaconsfield School.

Wilkins Kennedy has supported Young Enterprise over the last few years, and having mentored a few Young Enterprise students myself I know how much hard work, time and commitment goes into the project. It started in September 2015 and there is a great eagerness in the students to showcase their businesses. The Finals day gives the students to do exactly that.

Students from various schools participated: Amersham & Wycombe College, Beaconsfield High, Chalfont Community College, Chesham Grammar, Chiltern Academy, Doctor Challoner’s Grammar School, Doctor Challoner’s High School & The Misbourne.

vee bharakda and jackie bryant at young enterprise area finals 2016The day started with teas and coffees and a very happy Jackie Bryant making me feel very welcome. The atmosphere, ambience and the hustle and bustle of all the students getting their EXPO stands ready was truly amazing. The excitement and energy all around made me want to be 16 again! Peter Sutcliffe the Chair of Chiltern Area was in his element and hosting the event with huge smiles and great hospitality.

The judges on the day were:

Al Young – Chief Creative Officer of FCB Inferno; a top ten UK advertising agency.

David White – Director at Charterhouse Accountants in Beaconsfield and Harrow.

David Skey – has been the owner of a small advertising agency in Beaconsfield, and has spent all his business life in marketing and advertising.

Gary Grant – CEO of the Entertainer which he co-founded in 1981. The Entertainer now has over 100 stores and is a multi–award-winning business.

Mark Nicholl – Director of J Bennett & Sons Insurance Brokers in High Wycombe.

Vee Bharakda – Director in the Restructuring and Recovery department at Wilkins Kennedy.

As judges, we had a difficult task looking at all of the 12 stands and having a conversation with the students about their businesses. There were 8 awards to present on the day which recognised the different aspects of business success. These were:

  • Best Overall Company – Winner and runner up (Endeavour and Telos)
  • Best Company report – Winner and runner up (Trak and Ingenium)
  • Best Trade stand – Winner and runner up (Telos and Chalk It)
  • Outstanding Achievement – Winner (Populo)
  • Innovation – Winner (Trak)
  • Best Business Plan – This was already judged by Alison Harrison, Managing Director of Harmonea Financial Planning: Element Candles won the first prize with Populo as runner up.
  • Social Media – These were already judged by Karen Black, a website designer and online marketing coach, who owns HubFizz business: Telos won first prize with Populo as runner up.
  • Best presentation – Winner and runner up (Endeavour and Paragon)

All students and their businesses did extremely well and Ian Rowe from Atlantic Experience spoke to the audience about Resilience, Change , Teamwork and Dare to Try whilst the judges deliberated.


Experienced business people from all walks of life to help students in local schools start and run their own business. Two hours per week. Term-time only. From September 2016.

If you would like to get involved please contact Peter Sutcliffe at or