RGS team wins Junior Achievement Student Company of the Year 2018

Thursday 22 March 2018

A team from Ramsey Grammar School have won the Boston Group Award for Student Company of the Year 2018 as part of the Junior Achievement Company Programme.

A team from Ramsey Grammar School have won the Boston Group Award for Student Company of the Year 2018 as part of the Junior Achievement Company Programme.

Jumpstart – Phin Jones, Fergus Lole, Matthew Moore and Torry Wade – took the title with their Caffee Jui product, a cold brew coffee that uses natural Manx ingredient, hailed ‘outstanding’ by the judging panel.

23 student companies from Ballakermeen High School, Castle Rushen High School, Queen Elizabeth II High School, Ramsey Grammar School and St Ninian’s High School competed in Junior Achievement’s Company Programme, sponsored for the seventh successive year by the Boston Charitable Foundation.

The Company Programme tasks Year 12 students to form and run a company, then take their product or service to market over the course of one academic year.

Company of the Year runners-up were Motus from Queen Elizabeth II High School for their environmentally friendly water carton. Third place went to Flux, also from Queen Elizabeth II High School, for their Affinity charger.

The awards were presented at a ceremony held at the Villa Marina, sponsored by Canada Life International, where the audience heard Junior Achievement’s chief executive Sue Cook explain that the JA Company Programme was the world’s largest entrepreneurial programme for young people aged between 15 and 19 and that to take part could be ‘life-changing’.

She went on to thank the many sponsors and volunteer business mentors who support Junior Achievement and make the Company Programme possible. In closing she said that the JA team acknowledged that the process was demanding for the participants. Turning to the students she said: ‘If we have pushed you it is because we want you to be the best you can be. After all, the main aim of our charity is to help you to succeed in in a global economy.’

Presenting Jumpstart with the Company of the Year trophy, the Boston Group’s Erica Bellhouse spoke of the ‘wealth of talent’ the competition had revealed and that the team ‘stood out for their knowledge of their business’ and that their passion for their product was ‘outstanding’.

Jumpstart’s managing director Matthew Moore said: ‘The team really came together well. Phinn and Fergus were the practical ones, Torry was great at marketing and as MD, I’m the perfectionist who wants everything to be just right. What was invaluable was having Freya Livsey-Corlett from the Stars Group as our mentor; she gave us room to grow and helped to bring out our complementary skills.

‘I’d definitely recommend the Company Programme. It provides a great opportunity for life as it teaches you a whole range of soft skills…and I think it’s fair to say you end up a better person for the experience.’

Jumpstart will go on to represent the Isle of Man in the JA Europe Company of the Year competition in Belgrade, Serbia in July.

Company of the Year 2018 awards:

Boston Group Student Company of the Year award

Winner: Jumpstart, Ramsey Grammar School

Runners-up: Motus, Queen Elizabeth II High School

Third place: Flux, Queen Elizabeth II High School

Barclays Outstanding Team Member Award
Rhiannon Jackson, A1pha, St Ninian’s High School

Zurich International Life Innovation in Business Award
UPD8 (Up-date) Ballakermeen High School

Maggie Galloway Memorial Inspirational Leadership Award
Kelsey Spellman, UPD8 (Up-date) Ballakermeen High School

Canada Life International Award for Volunteer Mentor of the Year
Craig Drummond of Barclays, mention of Personalised Pets, St Ninian’s High School

Junior Achievement Special Recognition Award
Moneta, Castle Rushen High School

JA Alumni Best Social Media and Marketing Award
Flux, Queen Elizabeth II High School

Department of Education, Sports and Culture Students’ Choice Award
Motus, Queen Elizabeth II High School

ELS Best Use of Technology Award
Flux, Queen Elizabeth II High School

KPMG Financial Excellence Award
Cosmetised, St Ninian’s High School

Sure Positive Social Impact Award
Motus, Queen Elizabeth II High School

To find out more about Junior Achievement, the Company Programme visit jaiom.im, contact Sue Cook, 666266, sue.cook@jaiom.im or follow juniorachievementisleofman on Facebook.