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The Baggy Blue Boys' Success at Young Enterprise National Finals

Young Enterprise National Finals Friday 1 June 2012

The Baggy Blue’s success in Young Enterprise National Finals

Liverpool Hope University’s cricket-loving entrepreneurs Jameel Kara and Jay Stevens, founders of The Baggy Blue, were one of only five teams from UK universities to reach the Young Enterprise National Finals in London.

On Friday 18th May 2012, The Baggy Blue represented Liverpool Hope University at the national level of the international competition. At the height of their studies, Jameel and Jay managed to pull together all preparation in time to win over the judges in London’s Guildhall. Competing against other finalists from Kingston University, Newcastle University and Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Hope University’s business start-up had its eye on nothing less than a national prize. These two passionate and goal-driven young entrepreneurs have highlighted what can be done alongside your studies in an extra-curricular activity.

Having submitted their investment plan and presentation prior to the event, the entrepreneurs had to pitch their idea on the day in front of five judges, answer questions on their report, carry out an informal interview on their trade stand and also perform their presentation to the judges and again to all delegates. Judges, guests and other external staff members were invited to the presentation ceremony later on in the day.

Working through the night on their university studies leading up to the competition, Jay and Jameel were physically drained. However, with passion and determination for their business behind them, a 6am start from Liverpool did not faze them! On arrival at the Guildhall, it was all hands on for final preparations in making the trade stand look aesthetically pleasing to potential customers and the judges.

The Baggy Blue’s stand was covered in astro turf to set the scene of a cricket game. Jay and Jameel added self-standing banners, leaflets, a miniature cricket kit, a mannequin (named ‘Bob’) modelling their kit, as well as a tea cup and saucer and cakes dressed with The Baggy Blue logo to complete the stand.  Not forgetting to mention the champagne - which came in handy when The Baggy Blue was presented with the National Award for Best Trade Stand!

The recent success for both The Baggy Blue and Little Star Productions has raised awareness of the enterprising culture within the University. Carol Buckman, Hope Business Gateway Manager, stated: “We need to develop and build on the success of the Young Enterprise programme of 2012 by increasing the number of students taking part in the programme in the new academic year”.

If you feel that you have the ability to think outside of the box, take risks and have the passion and drive to be enterprising and entrepreneurial, then contact Carol Buckman to become a part of our Student Enterprise Society.