Bungay pupils exhibit a real business talent

The team of pupils from Bungay High School who were crowned the East Anglia regional champions at th

The team of pupils from Bungay High School who were crowned the East Anglia regional champions at the Coca-Cola European Partners Real Business Challenge. Picture: Solent news and photo agency. - Credit: Archant

Young entrepreneurs from Bungay have been crowned regional winners in a business competition after impressing the judges with their Olympics campaign.

Pupils from Bungay High School took part in the Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) Real Business Challenge.

More than 1,000 schools across 11 regions in the country took part, with pupils aged from 13 to 15. And in East Anglia, teams travelled to Norwich to take part in a series of practical challenges.

These centred on developing a campaign to support Special Olympics GB, helping to raise awareness for the charity and its National Games being held this summer in Sheffield. The event provides training and competition in a variety of sports for people with learning disabilities.

CCEP business volunteers were on hand to mentor the teams, giving pupils professional advice before presenting their ideas to a panel of judges from the worlds of business, charity and education.

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The Bungay team was awarded £1,000 for their school, and a £25 voucher was also presented to each team member.

Lisha Ewing, head of business at Bungay High, said: 'The students showed amazing enterprise skills. They had an amazing day competing and are incredibly happy to have won.'

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From the regional winning schools, the overall champions will be announced on March 14 following a dedicated judging day. As part of their prize they will be invited to an employability workshop at CCEP's head office in Uxbridge.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Real Business Challenge is designed to inspire and educate youngsters, helping them gain the skills they need to have a competitive edge in the job market.

Gina Solimeno, ‎education programme manager at Coca-Cola European Partners, said: 'We always look forward to seeing the skill and creativity on show from the students during the competition and were very impressed by Bungay High School's well designed and thought-provoking campaign. We understand the importance of learning through experience, and it is our aim that the range of hands-on activities students undertake throughout the challenges will help educate, inspire and motivate them, as well as give them valuable insights into the world of work.'

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