Prize suc­cess for col­lege’s Young En­ter­prise com­pany

West Sussex County Times - - People News - Jas­min Martin­me­

A team of stu­dents from a Hor­sham col­lege are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter pick­ing up a prize in the Young En­ter­prise area fi­nals.

The young­sters from Col­lyer’s were recog­nised in the Best Mar­ket­ing cat­e­gory in the show­case which this year took place vir­tu­ally.

The Re­spire team – Maria Ben­su­san, Oliver Broom, Neil Bur­bidge, Matt Forster, Josh Lea-Clay­ton, Ella Lewis, Lorna Macrae, Alex Osz and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Anaya Wake­field – were awarded for their a ‘gym in a bag’ of re­sis­tance bands which en­ables cus­tomers to take care of fit­ness any time, any place.

Col­lyer’s deputy prin­ci­pal Steve Martell said: “Huge con­grat­u­la­tions to the Re­spire team and mas­sive thanks to Nick Broom and Do­minic Wake­field for their pro­fes­sional business ad­vice through­out the project.

“They are in­spir­ing business lead­ers who have been so gen­er­ous with their time sup­port­ing Col­lyer’s over a num­ber of years. With­out their guid­ance and spon­sor­ship the project would sim­ply not have been pos­si­ble.”

The Col­lyer’s Young En­ter­prise team sourced packs of fit­ness ‘re­sis­tance bands’, which can be used to strengthen mus­cles and build fit­ness. They branded them with their own logo and pro­duced a leaflet of ex­er­cises and sold the prod­uct for £9.95.

Prior to lock­down, the team achieved suc­cess­ful sales via var­i­ous face-to-face op­por­tu­ni­ties – in­clud­ing a stall at Hor­sham Mar­ket, Col­lyer’s NG2U event, stands at var­i­ous gyms in and around Hor­sham – then moved to on­line sales via their web­site when lock­down took place.

The group found that when peo­ple were at home more, the de­mand for their prod­uct in­creased and they have now sold all of their stock.

Col­lyer’s em­ploy­a­bil­ity co­or­di­na­tor Lucy Har­g­reaves said: “Re­spire have man­aged to do a great job un­der very dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances, and learnt a lot dur­ing the process.

“We are also ex­tremely grateful to Matt Ryan, the area man­ager for Young En­ter­prise in Sus­sex, South Hamp­shire and the Isle of Wight, who co­or­di­nated the process and kept the com­pe­ti­tion go­ing in dif­fi­cult times.”

Reprise at an event prior to the lock­down

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