Our 2012/13 Young Enterprise companies, INK, Kaleidoscope and Omnia had an incredibly busy term in between their AS revision and examinations but gained huge success at the Young Enterprise Oxfordshire Finals. Kaleidoscope, who have been selling bat box kits, won the Carter Jonas Award for the Best Presentation and the Award for the Best Display Stand. Omnia sold nail art kits and designed a Russian board game. INK sold their cook book with QR codes, winning the Oxford Mail Media Award, the Richardsons Award for the Best Financial Management, the Unipart Automotive Award for the Best Company Report and the overall award as the Young Enterprise Oxfordshire Company of the Year 2013, progressing to the South-East finals.
INK held an event to sell their books in Blackwell’s and at WHSmith in Oxford plus had their books endorsed by alumna Mel Giedroyc. They represented Oxfordshire in the South-East Finals and won the award for innovation and entrepreneurship, though they sadly did not progress to the National Finals. INK pitched to the Midcounties Co-op to sell them their books. At a meeting at their headquarters, INK met the CEO of the Midcounties Co-op and were offered a deal to sell thousands of their books to the Co-op. This is an amazing achievement and a tribute to the group and their fantastic success throughout the year. They are now planning to re-form their company to continue with their highly innovative idea.