Bungay pupils win national business challenge competition

Coca Cola European Partners
Real Business Challenge 2016/17 East Anglia Regional Finals
held at Op

Coca Cola European Partners Real Business Challenge 2016/17 East Anglia Regional Finals held at Open, Norwich. Pictured: Winners Bungay High School - Credit: CCEP@3monkeyszeno.com

A team of students from Bungay High School are celebrating being crowned champions of this year's Coca-Cola European Partners Real Business Challenge.

The girls impressed a panel of industry leaders with a campaign to promote awareness of the Special Olympics GB National Games (SOGB).

Now in its 13th year, The Real Business Challenge is designed to inspire and educate young people aged 13 to 15, helping them gain the skills they need to have a competitive edge in the job market.

The number of schools entering the competition has increased year on year, with this year's competition reaching over 100,000 students.

As part of their prize, the Bungay students have been awarded a VIP experience to London including a show and dinner, as well as an employability workshop to further develop the skills they gained during the competition.

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This comes in addition to the £1,000 the students were awarded for their school after winning the East Anglia regional final last month in Norwich.

Bungay High's creativity and business skills were put to the test in a series of practical challenges which centred on developing a campaign to support SOGB, helping raise awareness for the charity and its National Games. The students then presented their ideas to a panel of judges from the worlds of business, charity and education.

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Following the regional finals in January and February, judging took place in London to decide the overall winners. The judges reviewed presentations, bus stop posters and radio adverts and each school was scored against business viability, presentation and professionalism, creativity and SOGB focus.

Angelo Goduti, headteacher at Bungay High School, said: 'We are delighted and extremely proud to have won the Real Business Challenge Final - this is a significant achievement for our participating students. The girls, who are an absolute credit to Bungay High School, have demonstrated their ability to be creative and innovative under pressure. We are extremely grateful to Coca-Cola European Partners for offering students an opportunity to work with a real business and gain valuable work related skills and experience.'

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