Strathaven Academy from Scotland are Real Business Challenge Champions 2012/13
Entered by over 560 schools in the UK,11 schools came through regional heats for the chance to compete for the national title at Wembley Stadium. Represeting Scotland, Strathaven Academy emerged victorious, King Edward VI Camphill Girls School were runners-up and London Academy came third.
An individual accolade was awarded at the final. Lauren Pilley from King Edward VI Camphill Girls School was chosen for the "Future Talent" award by special guest Nick Hewer of The Apprentice, for outstanding performance on the day.
For this year's Real Business Challenge, Coca-Cola Enterprises have partnered with Special Olympics Great Britain, setting entrants a series of challenges based on raising awareness of the charity and its upcoming National Games.
At the final, students were given the opportunity to develop their business ideas, with expert mentoring and skills workshops, before pitching their Special Olympics campaign to a panel of judges, including Karen Wallen, Chief Executive of Special Olympics Great Britain, Amy Leonard, Chief Executive of The Transformation Trust, Joey Tabone, Chief Executive of Start! and CCE Managing Director, Simon Baldry.
The winning group has won an all expenses trip to Bath, tickets to attend the Special Olympics National Games and even a role in the organisation and hosting of the event. In addition all national finalists have their work displayed through bus stop advertising in their local area, raising awareness of the charity's key issues as well as the schools' achievements.
Special guest speaker, Nick Hewer of TV's Coutdown and The Apprentice, commented: "I am delighted to have been asked to participate in such a totally worthwhile and interesting project. The creativity, drive and enthusiasm that business tasks excite in the young never ceases to amaze me and the Real Business Challenge certianly gives scope for all of those talents."
Sinead Stevenson, teacher at Strathaven Academy, said: "We've been involved with the Real Business Challenge now for three years and it fits perfectly with the curriculum. The entire process has been brilliant for the students. The drive to develop business acumen, encourage creativity and give students real life enterprise experience is fantastic and they've enjoyed every minute. We're absolutely thrilled to have won, not just for our school but for Scotland as a whole. I'm so proud of what the team have achieved and I can't wait to share the news with the school!"