News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Big Pitch Semi-Finalists make the cut!

6th February, 2019 by Jude Owens

After months of developing, marketing and selling their product, it was crunch time at The Kings of Wessex Academy for the 2019 Year 9 Big Pitch semi-finals.

16 teams launched their business ventures last October, which were now whittled down to eight teams for the penultimate stage of the popular competition. The excited eight presented to the judges who were faced with the tricky decision of who would make the cut for the finals to be held at The Strawberry Special in Draycott later this week.

Big Pitch is an established entrepreneurial contest for students interested in running their own business. Mentored by the Business Studies Team, former winner and now Year 12 student Aiden Malik and business aficionados from the Rotary Club of Mendip, the students create their own idea for a product, which they then oversee from start to finish, including making the product, marketing and selling it. They had an enlivening sellers’ experience at last year’s Cheddar Festive Night on a wild and wintry night in December; but spirits were intact, and they enjoyed good sales.

Keen to capture the Christmas shopping window, Happy Chappy (Ellen Campbell and Lauren Shephard) sold dog gifts for Christmas; whilst Henry’s Decorations (Henry Thorne and Henry Doel) sold handmade wooden Christmas decorations and Beth Williams’ Waves made bath bombs and Christmas candles. There were lots of sweet goodies on offer; including, Nomm-on’s Christmas biscuits (Samuel George, Nicholas Jones and Oliver Ward), Jaime Beer’s Choco-Chocs bags of sweets; Stirrin’ (Tilly Boley, Ruby Cahill, Hannah Gazzard, Liv Giles, Eleni Krassos and Maja Simpson)’s chocolate edible gifts; Sweet Creations (Jack Boston and Nathan Rodford) sold hot chocolate and milkshake creations, whilst Fancy Fudge (Scarlet Smith and Florence Reeson) sold their sweet wares.

Subject Leader for Business Studies Jo Wilson thanked and praised all the teams for their endeavours and enthusiasm throughout the competition and congratulated the following four teams who made it through to the finals:

  • Sweet Creations
  • Nomm-On
  • Fancy Fudge
  • Happy Chappy

“All the students have shown themselves to be highly dedicated and committed and with some inspired business ideas that they have creatively developed and always mindful to capture the best business opportunity.”
The Teams now await the finals with great anticipation when all will be revealed for who will be this year’s Big Pitch winner!