Flashed with success – college team win national skills competition

"Higher Horizons is all about raising aspirations and we were incredibly proud to witness our teams grow in confidence as they progressed from the classroom, through the regional heats held at Staffordshire University, to the finals."

Helen Norman, Higher Horizons+

A team of budding entrepreneurs from Newcastle under Lyme College have notched up a notable business success, by landing a prestigious internship at NatWest HQ.

Team 'Flash' was among nine teams, supported by Staffordshire University's Higher Horizons+ project, who were invited to take part in the National Skills Challenge finals at Natwest Headquarters in London last week.

Following a morning of judging, just six finalists were selected to pitch their ideas to an audience of 150 people.

The event which was hosted by actor and BBC Radio1 presenter Cel Spellman and team Flash were announced overall winners after impressing the judges with their business idea for a mobile phone charger hiring service for use in their College.

Joseph Peake, A Level Business student at Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC), said: "I can't believe our team won the competition - we're still in shock but are really thrilled to have received first prize. Taking part in the competition has really helped all of the students who participated to get a real understanding of the business world and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. We can't wait to start our internship and are really grateful for the opportunity."

Mandi Marks, Head of A Level Business at the College added: "I'm so proud of my students' achievement. They have worked really hard on their business idea and clearly identified who their target customer is, the market they'll be competing in and how they will market and brand the service to the desired consumer, which was the brief set by The National Skills Challenge."

Helen Norman, from Higher Horizons+, said: "Higher Horizons is all about raising aspirations and we were incredibly proud to witness our teams grow in confidence as they progressed from the classroom, through the regional heats held at Staffordshire University, to the finals. We had a fantastic day and we were delighted and very proud that the College were announced as overall winners."

The National Skills Challenge was delivered between September 2017 and March 2018 by The Inspirational Learning Group - a business started by Staffordshire University graduates Ben and Michael Dyer.

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