Entrepreneurs in Action has worked with Hampton and Surbiton for five years to run business courses for our Fourth Year and Lower Sixth pupils. They run two different courses with The School during the first week of the summer holiday.

The Fourth Year course – “21st Century Skills for 21st Century Success” –  is two days long and covers the key elements of business and entrepreneurship. The highlight is a question and answer session with three successful entrepreneurs who tell their stories then field questions from the audience of Hampton and Surbiton Fourth Years. 42  Hampton boys and 58 Surbiton girls participated in this course in July 2015.

The second EIA course – “Classroom to Boardroom” –  is for 25 of our Lower Sixth formers who work with 25 Surbiton girls, in two teams on a business challenge which is set early on the first day by representatives from two British companies. In the past, the companies have included Investment Consultants Redington, Network Rail, Shell, Transport for London and Café Direct. The first three days are spent researching the challenge and creating a presentation which is given at the London HQ of the firm in the boardroom on the fourth day. The quality of the presentations on the final day has been exceptional. Indeed, two Hampton boys were invited back this year by the firm for work placements over the summer holidays.

Young Enterprise is a national educational charity that aims to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise.

At Hampton the scheme is open to lower-sixth students. At the start of the year students are invited to form teams of 12 – 15 people and propose initial business ideas, the best of which are selected to form Young Enterprise companies.  Over the course of the academic year, each company will complete a number of activities, including:

  • Electing a board of Directors from amongst their peers
  • Raising share capital
  • Designing, producing, marketing and selling their product or service
  • Producing a company report and accounts
  • Presenting their company results to a panel of judges from the local business community

Each company is supported by an external business advisor, who offers advice and encouragement during weekly company meetings.

The scheme provides an excellent opportunity for boys to experience real-life business challenges as well as developing a whole range of skills including teamwork, selling and presenting.  It also offers the possibility of winning awards in the local company competition, where previous teams have been very successful.