Coombeshead students show real business talent

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A team of students from Coombeshead Academy, Newton Abbot, is celebrating its new title as the south west runners-up at this year’s Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) Real Business Challenge, after impressing a panel of judges with a campaign to promote awareness of the Special Olympics GB National Games.

This year’s competition, involving students aged 13-15, has been entered by more than 1,000 schools across 11 regions in Great Britain. Pitting themselves against other business minds of tomorrow, competitors’ creativity and business skills are being put to the test during a series of regional competitions running until February 10.

Teams of students from across the south west travelled to Bristol 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. CCEP business volunteers were on hand to mentor the teams, giving students encouragement and professional advice before presenting their ideas to a panel of judges from the worlds of business, charity and education.

From the 11 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, to further develop skills gained during the competition.

See the full story in the February 10 edition of the Mid-Devon Advertiser.

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