Hamworthy Heating team 'Zimu' with their successful alphabet products supported by mentors Julie Shaw and Hannah McCarthy

Young business entrepreneurs of team ‘Zimu’, supported by mentors at Hamworthy Heating, were honoured with four titles at Wednesday night’s Enterprise Challenge Awards for young people (February 4.)

Judged by an independent panel of leaders from Dorset businesses, the 10 strong team of girls from Parkstone Grammar School scooped four awards following the 2013 Enterprise Challenge programme:

  • The Magellan Aerospace Manufacturing Award
  • The Liz Lean PR Communications Award
  • DEK International Team Work Award
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – bestowed upon Zimu Managing Director Maddy Forster.

Hamworthy Heating mentor Julie Shaw said: “We are absolutely delighted team Zimu have been honoured with four awards – to win one Enterprise Challenge award is a great achievement but to win four is hugely impressive. As Hamworthy Heating is a leading manufacturer we are particularly proud the girls won an award for their manufacturing processes.

“Their success is a reflection of how they have taken on board advice, worked together as a team and grafted so hard to achieve their goals.”

Reminiscent of ‘The Young Apprentice’ the Enterprise Challenge scheme is designed by the Enterprise and Skills Company to build young people’s business skills in a practical environment.

With guidance from Hamworthy Heating mentors Marketing Manager Julie Shaw and Purchasing Manager Hannah McCarthy, team Zimu explored sales, marketing and production methods to create a successful business model selling Christmas gifts with an alphabet theme.

A leading British manufacturer and supplier of commercial heating and hot water solutions, Hamworthy Heating also sponsored a ‘Sprit of Enterprise Award’ presented to team Coralero’s Lawrence Fragakis by Hamworthy Heating Technical Director Bob Walsh.

Bob said: “Hamworthy Heating will celebrate its centenary this year but just as we are proud of our company’s heritage we also look forward to the future. The Young Enterprise scheme is something we are hugely proud to be involved in – these young people are the business leaders of the future, so it makes perfect sense to invest in developing their skills.”