Over the past few months over 400 local sixth form students have been battling it out to be crowned this year’s ‘Champions of Enterprise’ winner!
The competition, sponsored by Greenham Trust and organised by Education Business Partnership, involves students working in teams to solve a real-life business challenge. This year’s challenges were set by local businesses Gist Ltd, Waitrose and Westcoast Ltd.
On Wednesday 6th December the five finalists from St Bartholomew’s, Kennet, The Willink, Trinity and Theale Green Schools presented their ideas about how to solve the business challenge to a panel of judges at The Regency Park Hotel in Thatcham. After much debate, the three judges chose Theale Green School as the winners, they were presented with their framed certificate, award and prizes kindly donated by our business challenge representatives.
One of the judges, Gareth Ward, Environmental Solutions Waste Management said,
“The standard of all the teams this year was phenomenal, with a clear indication that a lot of work had been put in, all the judges were blown away by the detail presented. Overall, we were looking for innovative ideas as well as an organised and passionate delivery, which happened again and again – Not the easiest task to select the winner but Theale Green School absolutely smashed it! Well done all involved, the future of our economy is in safe hands.”
Jack, from the winning team told us,
“I am so happy, we were all unsure to begin with as none of us study Business Studies, we’ve learnt so much from research and our Business Mentor, Ian. It’s been a big learning curve.” Sarah, added, “The whole experience has been quite amazing.”
Jane Grunseid, Developing Skills Manager for Education Business Partnership, stated,
“I would like to thank everyone involved in this prestigious inter-school competition. A big thank you to our Judges Oonagh Dockley, from our sponsor Greenham Trust, Jo Ritchie, one of highly valued volunteers from Vodafone and of course Gareth Ward, a trustee, from Environmental Solutions Waste Management.
Also to our invaluable business mentors from a variety of local businesses who have given over 260 hours of their time to help mentor these students, helping develop their business understanding and build their teamwork skills and presentation confidence.”