REVEALED: Winners of the Young Business Innovation Team Challenge

Business Innovation Team Challenge

The winners of the Young Business Innovation Team Challenge have been revealed.

It was an ‘Apprentice’ style challenge, pairing schools with local business leaders who acted as their mentor and guide. The mentors provided their teams with an initial fund of £50 and helped them create and execute an innovative business plan over a number of weeks, using the £50 as a start-up investment.

The schools which took part were Bury College, Philips High School and Unsworth Academy.

Bury College were supported by Helen Clayton, a Partner at PM+M, an independent firm of accountants, financial planners and business advisors.

Philips High School were mentored by Bury Hospice trustee, Tom Postlewaite, of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Unsworth Academy worked with Christian Pepper and Sarah Kendell, of Financial Options Group.

The teams, teachers and mentors attended an awards ceremony at The Stables Country Club last Wednesday, June 15th when prizes were awarded.

The winners were:

BEST BUSINESS PLAN, judged by Chris Claydon-Butler Bury Hospice Chair of Trustees, Unsworth Academy.

MOST INNOVATIVE IDEA, judged by Debi Fellone Made in Bury, Philips High School.

BEST PUBLICITY AND SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE, judged by Richard Duggan Regional Editor for Lancashire & Greater Manchester, Unsworth Academy.

BEST PROMOTIONAL VIDEO, judged by Tim Moore Roch Valley Radio and JP Woffenden Pixelwave Creative, Bury College.

MOST MONEY RAISED, Unsworth Academy with a total amount of £3,514.67.

OVERALL CHALLENGE WINNERS were agreed by all the judges and presented by Helen Lockwood Bury Hospice CEO, Unsworth Academy.

Christian Pepper, Founder and CEO of the Financial Options Group, said: “What an achievement. Congratulations to these young entrepreneurs in the making.

“We have been so impressed by the students of Unsworth Academy’s Charity Committee, having successfully developed a business plan for the Bury Hospice Schools Innovation Challenge and executing their plan with amazing results."

“The charity sub committees’ input and effort in the challenge was amazing and they were deserved winners."

“In the first year as a mentor myself, Sarah Kendell and all of us at the Financial Options Group couldn’t be prouder of them. A huge well done to everyone involved.”

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