Haverhill business students finish runners up

Runners up 'Bright Sparks' with deputy dean Sally Everett
Runners up 'Bright Sparks' with deputy dean Sally Everett

Castle Manor Academy business students demonstrated their knowledge and expertise by qualifying for the gala final of the ‘Talent Business Competition’, hosted by Anglian Ruskin University.

Over 40 teams from across East Anglia entered the competition from which ten were selected to attend the final, last Monday (January 27).

During the day all teams had to participate in workshops and interviews before presenting their final presentations to the competition judges.

All teams had to construct a marketing plan for the fictitious FlockStock Festival.

The main aims of this festival was to expand from a one day event to a two day event and to double their turnover, revenue and attendance.

Each team presented their own marketing plan to achieve these aims, using the given £50,000 marketing budget.

Castle Manor had two teams in the final and the ‘Brighter Sparks’ team came overall runners up.

They were awarded vouchers for the Zizzi restaurant in Cambridge, T-shirts and certificates.

Sally Everett, deputy dean (quality and student experience) of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, awarded the prizes.

“This was a wonderful event, in which all the competitors gave their all,” she said.

“The students from Castle Manor Academy did a great job!”

The members of Bright Sparks were Francis Buckle, Robyn Christie, Beth Dollin and Adam Patterson.

“It was a really good event, it has given us courage and confidence to present ourselves and to be part of a team,” they said.

“We loved it.

“It has given us an insight into university life and helped us focus on improving our presentation skills.”

Business teacher Martin Pates, the lead sponsor, said: “The event was inspiring, tense and an experience all the competitors will remember for life.”

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