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Big Pitch 2017 Fantastic Final

20th March, 2017 by Jude Owens

This term the Business Studies Department saw the culmination of months of enterprising activity as this year's Big Pitch competition ended in a closely fought battle for first place with 13 Year 9 groups racing towards the finish for the coveted Mendip Rotary Club shield.

The standard of this year's teams was very strong. All the budding young businessmen and women demonstrated commitment and true enterprising qualities to match any Lord Sugar Young Apprentice. Eight teams were through to the semi-finals in February where they presented their Marketing Plans to experienced Rotarian judges, Mark Summers, David Pottow and Patrick Simpson. After a nail-biting period of deliberation the co-ordinator Mr Simpson announced the three finalists: Monster Cookies, who sold a variety of home baked goodies; Jar Jar Bazaar, who produced a variety of treats from luxury hot chocolate ingredients to foot spa pamper products and Palm Products who sold henna kits and lip scrubs in bespoke packaging.

This month it was time for the finals held at the Strawberry Special in Draycott where parents and Rotarians listened to each team's final presentations. The students greatly impressed the audience, and spoke confidently and passionately about their business successes and sustainability plans for the future. The Rotarians submitted a voting slip at the end and commented on this year's high standard.

Despite the absence of a drum roll, there was an atmosphere of tense rivalry as Mr Simpson announced the winning Big Pitch Team for 2017 was - Palm Products. The confident team were worthy winners with a professional business model and a clear plan for brand diversification and sustainability, alongside a unique introduction as one of the students sang the team's strapline.

Commenting on this year's competition Subject Leader for Business Studies Jo Wilson said: "Congratulations to all of this year's Big Pitch competitors! Each student has demonstrated skills that I hope will stay with them and transfer into their future career paths. True talent and an inspiration to next year's entrants."

Mrs Wilson also thanked the Rotarian mentors who guide and advise the students in school each week, and her colleagues in the Business Studies Department Miss Hoddinott and Mr Ahmed for their support and encouragement with the students and finally, the sponsors, Webb and Company, Accountants of Wells, for their continued support.