City of London School for Girls (CLSG) Young Enterprise company, Storm, have designed reusable and recyclable coffee cups made from polypropylene with a screw top lid and rubber grip.
With a strong passion for the environment, Storm intend to phase out the disposable coffee cups used in schools and around the City of London which are non-recyclable. The cups are made in Britain and are safe for use in dishwashers and microwaves. Storm have launched a range of designs with their brand logo and have also been selling personalised large batch orders to corporate clients incorporating their own logos.
The girls performed incredibly well at the finals and were crowned the ‘The Best Company in London’.
The team also won an award for ‘Best Presentation’ as well as awards for ‘Retail Excellence’ and ‘Production’ thus adding another four trophies to stand alongside the six already won in previous rounds. They represented London at the UK Finals this week at British Film Institute (BFI) on the Southbank hoping to win a place at the European Final in Berlin.
"This is an outstanding success, and the whole school community is thrilled and tremendously proud of the girls. They have really shown what being a City girl is about: collaboration, creativity and hard work," said Ena Harrop, the headmistress.
Suzy Goodwin, YE Business Advisor, said: "I am delighted that Storm have won the London Company of the year, and that their mission to reduce the 25 billion paper cups disposed annually with their reusable AND recyclable cup, is one step closer. I've been amazed by the sheer drive and determination of my team as they have progressed on through the Young Enterprise company programme. Starting with no knowledge about business but a passion for the environment and a determination to excel in the programme, I've seen how we've ignited a true entrepreneurial spirit and gradually built their confidence to succeed in business."
Yasmine Salam, Managing Director of Storm, said: "We have all found this experience truly eye opening in ways we cannot describe. Young Enterprise has instilled a new confidence in us by helping us realise that with passion, drive and team work we can truly aim big. Although CLSG is not a business focused school by nature, Storm's success has proven that despite obstacles anything is possible and we hope that this has inspired other schools all across London to persevere with their companies regardless of their circumstance."