About the Challenge

Entrepreneurship, in its broadest sense, has been embraced by nine schools in Guernsey and Jersey who have partnered up with Barclays, EY, Ogier and Sure in the Channel Islands Student Business Challenge.

The nine participating schools are Grammar, La Mare de Carteret and St Samspon's in Guernsey as well as Beaulieu, Grainville, Jersey College for Girls, Les Quennevais, Haute Vallee and Victoria College in Jersey.  

On Wednesday 16 January in Guernsey and Thursday 17 January in Jersey the Channel Islands Student Business Challenge kicks off with an official launch, where students will have a chance to hear a series of talks about different aspects of running their own business, from creating a business plan and managing finances to marketing and getting the best from social media.  The 11 to 16 year olds have ten weeks to develop their entrepreneurship skills under the guidance of their business mentor and school mentor.  

Teams from each school are using their initial investment of £100 to demonstrate their business acumen, for profit or to benefit their community.

Teams have ten weeks to impress the judges before facing a final Dragons’ Den with business leaders, who will judge each team before identifying the winners. Official awards evenings, supported by the corporate partners Barclays, EY, Ogier and Sure, will be held on 22 May in Guernsey and 23 May in Jersey to bring this exciting and motivating initiative to a close.



About the sponsors

  • Barclays

    Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

    With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs 82,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. 

    For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com 


  • EY

    We are widely respected and recognised as a high-quality provider of assurance, taxation, advisory and transaction services - our impressive client list bears testimony to our professional advice.

    Alongside our unique audit approach, we are able to offer bespoke services across service lines, including transaction support, such as due diligence and company valuations, assistance in the transition from UK and US GAAP to International Financial Reporting Standards, forensic investigations, health checks, compliance and regulatory reviews and partial outsourcing of your internal audit or compliance function.

    Worldwide, we employ 195,000 people in over 140 countries who are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, clients and wider communities achieve their potential.

    Locally we offer A-level and Graduate trainee programmes, summer internships and A-level work experience opportunities. To find out more visit our Facebook page.

  • Ogier

    Ogier provides advice on the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law through a global network of offices that cover all time zones and key financial markets and is the only law firm to advise on these five laws.  Ogier employs the very best people who ensure they deliver practical advice and aim to provide the highest-quality legal advice and professional client services across all jurisdictions and service lines.  Ogier regularly wins awards for the quality of their client service, their work and their people.  www.ogier.com

  • Sure

    We can trace our history in the islands back to 1896 when the Guernsey States Telephone Department decided to establish an independent telephone system for the island, which would have a maximum of 400 subscribers! We’ve come a long way since, with tens of thousands of customers across three islands and with products and services ranging from voice, mobile and broadband to networks, global connectivity and managed services solutions. In April 2013, we were acquired by the Batelco Group, a major communications company with direct and indirect investments across 16 geographies.  www.sure.com