Youngsters in Fareham are celebrating after becoming the first in the country to win a prestigious enterprise competition with an all-expenses paid trip to eastern Europe.
A group of ten boys and girls from Henry Cort Community College are already packing their bags in anticipation of the trip to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava for the Enterprise European Trade Fair from March 28 to 30.
The 14 to 16-year-olds are all the proud winners of the ‘Enterprise without Borders’ challenge, with their company Gavfro Enterprise, which sells original and personalised badges, mirrors, key rings and bottle openers.
And the company is in such good shape, it is on track to turn around a gross profit of £8,000 by July.
George Upton, 16, the managing director of Gavfro, leads the 11-strong team made up of Year 10 and 11 students.
He said: ‘Winning the trip to Bratislava is a huge success, one which I am, along with my team, hugely proud of. I feel that this recent triumph against some of the best teams across the country gives us a monumental boost towards even more success.
‘We aim to be the best possible and this has really paid off, I am truly proud.’
John May, chief executive of young enterprise, applauded the team’s ‘incredible achievement’.
He said: ‘Gavfro particularly impressed us with their ability to build effective alliances with European partners.
‘They have set a very high standard for other Young Enterprise companies to follow in the future.’
Gavfro will now have an opportunity to represent the UK at the fair and further develop their entrepreneurial skills and promote their business in an international market.
Phil Munday, the school’s principal, said: ‘We are extremely proud of Gavfro’s latest phenomenal achievement.
‘We encourage an enterprise spirit by enabling our students to be aware of the challenges facing individuals and society and to be able to develop creative solutions.
‘Motivated and inspirational, the Gavfro Enterprises team continues to impress us with their innovative ideas and their ability to drive their business forward which they can now do in an international playing field.’