For the first time ever, The National Enterprise Challenge Finals was streamed to schools and homes all across the UK.

This year’s challenges were set by two global brands. Our Key Stage 3 Challenge was set by award winning brand, Air Products  asking students to create an innovative use for their gas cylinders once they reach their end of life.  Grenade , the UK’s best-selling protein bar range, set the Key Stage 4 challenge with students asked to create a new flavour Carb Killa bar.  Both challenges aimed to develop the key employability skills required for the world of work, including teamwork, communication and leadership.

As a company we were amazed by the creativity, entrepreneurialism and business acumen demonstrated by the students that we have worked with over the 19/20 academic year and it was important to us to ensure that their hard work did not go to waste.

This year’s finals was vastly different to the planned celebration of enterprise; however we endeavoured to bring you the very best event possible, with celebrity host Ben Hanlin, TNEC ambassador Nick Jenkins and CEO and Co-founder of Grenade, Alan Barratt.

Pupils from schools all across the country tuned into the live stream of the finals on 15th July 2020. 

Co-founder of The National Enterprise Challenge, Michael Dyer said “We were overwhelmed by the standard of the entries that we saw and to see so many people meeting up to watch the event in a socially distanced manner was a credit to the schools, teachers and students. Some of the reactions that we saw on social media were the exact reason that we set up the challenge! To see people so happy to be in the final and to win awards is a really humbling experience, we even saw examples of schools that didn’t win congratulating the winners and that is great to see. Whilst it wasn’t the event that we had originally planned, the feedback was great and we are really glad that everyone enjoyed the event”.

Don’t worry if you missed out watching the event, follow the link above to watch the event in your own home.

A huge congratulations to everyone who competed this year – the judges were blown away by the sheer dedication shown by students and the list of winners is below …

Key Stage 3 Champions – Air Products Challenge

“Team Erosafety” – Walton Priory Middle School 

Key Stage 4 Champions – Grenade Challenge

“Team Applezilla” – The Bourne Academy

Most Enterprising Girl – Key Stage 3

Olwen Yates – Walton Priory Middle School

Most Enterprising Boy – Key Stage 3

Alfie Matthews – Burton Borough School

Most Enterprising Girl – Key Stage 4

Isma Rahiem – King Edward VI Handsworth Woods Girls Academy

Most Enterprising Boy – Key Stage 4

Freddie Barnes – Thornhill Academy

Most Enterprising Teacher 

Stella Neal – John Hampden Grammar School

Most Enterprising School

Kingsmead School

Special Recognition Award

Antonia Thoday – Chesham Grammar School