BP1 BP2 (800x590)Twenty-two teams of year 9 Business Studies students from Kings of Wessex Academy started their own businesses last September directed by staff from the school, and mentored by members of the Rotary Club of Mendip. After five months of designing, manufacturing and selling at a variety of school and public events, four teams of semi-finalists were selected to present their reports to the Rotarians who then voted for the winners.
Although each team made a profit from their labours, the financial element was only a small part of the overall consideration given by the judges. The competition was judged using the following criteria: concept, brand image, sustainability, teamwork and success.
Runners-up were the ‘Message in a Bottle’ team, who produced a variety of sweets in attractive plastic containers. The winning team was ‘Pampawed’, a duo who manufactured and sold pet-related toys.
Big Pitch organiser Patrick Simpson said, “We are delighted to be able to support Kings of Wessex by running this event. We hope that the youngsters will seriously consider a career in business in the future, and bring to it some of the skills they have learned through taking part in The Big Pitch.”
Head of Business at Kings, Mrs Jo Wilson, said, “I would like to congratulate all semi-finalists this year who raised the standard of presentation yet again. They are a fantastically talented group of young entrepreneurs who will go far. A big thank-you to the students and parents who supported them, and to the Rotarians who gave up their time on a weekly basis to support them and host the finals.
Entrepreneurs Aiden Malik and James Boston, young directors of “Pampawed”, were presented with the winner’s shield by Rotarian Mike Webb, senior partner of Webb and Co accountants in Wells, who sponsored the event.


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