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Big Pitch Students have their Eyes on the Prize

3rd February, 2017 by J Owens

Three teams of Year 9 students have got their eyes on the prize for this year's Big Pitch competition.

On Tuesday this week all eight participating teams presented their business plans in the semi-finals to the three Rotary judges David Pottow, Patrick Simpson and Mark Summers. The judges were very impressed and praised the wannabe entrepreneurs for their confidence, articulation and enthusiasm and selected the top three teams.

13 lucky students were announced as the semi-finalists to go through to the finals in March at The Strawberry Special in Draycott. Congratulations to team members of Palm Products, Monster Cookies and Jar Jar Bazaar.

This year’s teams embarked on the contest in October and it was noticeable there were more food products than usual to maximise selling for the Christmas market and the products were also easily adaptable to make the brand sustainable.

One of the most interesting businesses was Palm Products who sold lip balms and henna products for special beautifying. Jar Jar Bazaar sold a variety of products in glass jars with handmade lids and labels, ideal for the Christmas gift market and Winter Wonderland Warmers also sold a variety of edible treats.

Teamwork was a key feature in the judging and all groups shared the task well. Jar Jar Bazaar had a few issues which they dealt with quickly and reached a happy resolution, which strengthened their team in the long run. Joyful Jars received special commendation for creating a fantastic and fully operational website.

Advice focused on tweaking the way the business plans were presented in terms of speaking slowly, not reading lots from the slides and showcasing the team member personalities into the pitch. Palm Products added a jingle at the start and end of their presentation which worked really well and impressed the audience.

To win, the three shortlisted teams will be judged by the other members of the Rotary Club who have not worked with the students on Sustainability, Teamwork, Value Added and Profit.

All participants will receive an achievement certificate from the Rotary, sponsored by Mike Webb (Solicitors) and the winners will receive a voucher each and have their enterprise name engraved on The Big Pitch shield to be presented at the end of year Achievement Assembly in the Summer Term.