Year 12 pupils from our Sixth Form, in our Young Enterprise team ‘n1neteen’, have done exceptionally well, and got the chance to tell the world about their business when they were featured on BBC Radio Sheffield on Saturday 1st June.

The Young Enterprise Company Programme is described as providing “a real-life learning opportunity that introduces young people to the realities of the world of work.” Pupils aged from 15 to 19 take on the challenge to work together and run their own student company. They create, market and sell their own products and are guided by professional business advisors, competing with other teams across the country to work towards being crowned the Young Enterprise Company of the Year. Taking part is an invaluable way to gain practical business experience at an early age, and entrepreneurial skills to help with employment.

“N1neteen is a clothing brand that focuses on the values of uniqueness and individuality,” said team member Ayanah Ewusie-Nelson. “We think it is important to be you, and be different.” N1neteen specialise in making personalised t-shirts, hoodies, and tie-dye socks for customers, which are marketed through their social media and website,

The radio show ‘Nowt So Strange As Folk!” invited three of the 19 members in to the studio to talk about their company, their experience growing their business from nothing, and upcoming competitions.

N1neteen was outstanding at the South Yorkshire County Finals on Thursday 9th May, where they won the Best Customer Service and Teamwork awards. Although they didn’t proceed past the Regional Finals, they still did an exceptional job of carefully building the business and selling lots of clothing at Trade Fairs in Meadowhall, Kelham Island and more.

Ayanah said, “The Young Enterprise challenge was a great experience - we were able to gain valuable feedback from the judges and also a lot of inspiration for our company.”