The summer term at East Norfolk Sixth Form College often means trips and events organised to help prepare the students for life outside of college. Now in its fourth year, the EN Business Enterprise Team Challenge is an important event in the college calendar.

34 students volunteer to take part as teams in a business game designed to promote employability skills of team working, following a brief and working to deadlines. Each team is tasked with designing packaging, labelling and deciding on how to market a soft drink. As the panel of judges is made up of prominent members of the local business community they are also required to consider the costs and potential profits of their ideas.

This year, not only were the team helped during the morning by former participants who provided advice and tips, but also Guy Gibson from Enterprise GY brought along colleagues and a couple of representatives from Norfolk Apprenticeships to help out. This proved very useful to the students but made the judge’s job a lot harder. Ben Lynes the head judge and a partner with Cunningham’s Chartered Accountants in Lowestoft commented that in the four years he has been taking part, this was the first time he had to exercise his casting vote. Ben was assisted in his judging duties by Clive Dodds a partner at Stephenson Smart Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers, Helen Allison a director at Red Triangle Energy Limited and Kim Dexter from Dexters recruitment Limited.

Once again the organisers Helen Hudson and Deborah Dyer were really pleased at the turnout for the event. “The enthusiasm and commitment of the students is always a pleasure to see, especially as this is indeed a challenging event that requires a great deal of skill and effort. We are always rewarded by the way the students fully engage in the event and surprised at how competitive they can be, especially when they realize that there is a trophy up for grabs”.

The wining team, AVIS comprised: Matthew McKie, Lauren Norman, Georgina Sawyer and Robert Tate. Their win was even more impressive for a team of four competing against teams of 6. The runners up were called Posh Tory Snobs and comprised of: James Allen, Lewis Moore, Aiden Flatt, Charlie Cassidy, Jordan Harrison and Ewan Sibbons. The judges also singled out Millie Pont for a special commendation for her presentation about a still lemon drink called Lenny.

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