Business-savvy students win place at national enterprise competition finals
A team of business-savvy Westcountry school pupils will compete at the national final of an enterprise challenge in London next month after triumphing at the regional stage.
The team of year 10 students from Tavistock College were among eight schools from Devon, Somerset , Gloucestershire and Bristol to compete in the South West final of the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Real Business Challenge in Bristol.
The winning team impressed judges with a campaign they devised to raise awareness and support for Special Olympics Great Britain and its upcoming National Summer Games.
Now in its tenth year, the Real Business Challenge is an annual enterprise initiative linked to the national curriculum and designed to give students aged 14 and 15 business experience and to hone their talents. This year, it has seen more than 560 UK schools take part.
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The finalists received support from CCE professionals in develop their ideas, before facing the judging panel. Scores were based on team-work, leadership, creativity and presentation.
CCE senior field sales manager Steve Marks said: "The finalists displayed skills which will be transferable to any activities these excellent individuals do in the future."
Tavistock College's Sarah Holt, who coordinated the team said: "As a teacher, I feel very proud of our students' achievement in reaching the national final. "
Finalists also included Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Newton Abbot College and Taunton's Kingsmead and Castle schools.