On Friday evening 1st March, I accompanied three year nine students to the Starship Challenge Enterprise Awards held by Weaver Vale Housing Trust. This is the first year of the competition and the organisation had invited students from local schools to enter teams with a product/service idea which could be pitched to local business people. The team has been working hard since September; submitting a business plan in December and facing a “Dragon’s panel” in February. Ewan Price, Alex Palmer and Jake Griffiths had been passionate about their business “The Car Bazaar” from the word go. Their service is simple – build links with exclusive car brands and access their merchandise at a cut price. The unique selling point is the fact that most of this merchandise can usually only bought by people who own a car belonging to that brand. The Car Bazaar makes products accessible to all but only in small quantities.
The awards evening was held at University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) and as we arrived it was clear that this was serious – tables were covered in crisp linen, while wine glasses waited to be filled with something fizzy (sparkling water!). The food and entertainment was fantastic and we were particularly impressed by the magician who wowed us with many tricks. After some very interesting guest speakers the moment of truth was upon us and the boys appeared to be very calm and relaxed. Third place went to The Russett School with their brilliant idea of recyclable gift bags. Then we held our breath and waited for second place to be announced. The Car Bazaar boys were delighted to achieve second place and were awarded with a lovely glass trophy and £250 which they are hoping to put into the business to help it grow. The winning team was UCAN who will go on to compete in the regional finals so a big well done to them too!
The whole experience has been fantastic and most of all the boys are now planning to take their dream even further. Miss Wade