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Designed to help learners make informed decisions about their future, the challenge focused on core skills such as organisation, problem-solving and leadership, the programme also introduced learners to Staffordshire Business School’s range of new courses; BA(Hons) Digital and Social Media Marketing, BA(Hons) Business Management and Sustainability, BA(Hons) Finance and Business Enterprise along with BA(Hons) Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

When asked about the project, Liam Brookes, TILG Delivery Manager, who led the project said:

Working with everybody involved in this project has been an incredible experience. Whilst we had some obstacles to overcome caused by the pandemic, not once did our colleges or students allow this to stunt their progress. The creativity, entrepreneurialism and business acumen demonstrated by the students that we have worked with was brilliant to see.

Angela Lawrence, Associate Dean of Staffordshire Business School, added:

“I was left in awe of some of the amazing presentations delivered by the many students who engaged with our Staffordshire Business School Challenge competition. As a university we believe passionately about supporting the next generation of outstanding talent right on our doorstep, the project was a fantastic way to achieve this #proudtobestaffs.”

The winning team, Fords Feeds from Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form, were asked how they found the challenge:

We are proud of our achievement in winning the Staffordshire Business School Challenge, the experience was enlightening and allowed us to put our business knowledge to the test in a practical scenario” – Rhys C and Matthew P (Fords Feeds).

TILG and Staffordshire Business School were also delighted to receive comments from Mrs Pollitt, Curriculum Leader of Business at Blythe Bridge:

“We are very proud of the boy’s achievement in the challenge, the work that they produced was of a high standard, well done.”

2nd place – Colton Hills Community School, Sixth Form –  Rio Driving School

3rd place – Coleg Cambria –  Brockley Bean Café

Special Commendation – City of Stoke on Trent, Sixth Form College