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About the Challenge

Entrepreneurship, in its broadest sense, has been embraced by nine schools in Guernsey and Jersey in the Channel Islands Student Business Challenge which is sponsored by Barclays, EY and CPA Global.

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 15 January in Guernsey and Thursday 16 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 sponsors Barclays, CPA Global and EY will be held on 20 May in Jersey and 21 May in Guernsey 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 


  • 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.

  • CPA Global

    We are the world’s leading Intellectual Property (IP) Management and Technology company. We serve over 10,000 customers and connect millions of global IP users every day.

    Like our customers, we too are innovators, bringing to market new ways to manage IP more efficiently, minimise risk and make better decisions through revolutionary technology and platform application.

    We provide:




    28 offices, across 4 continents and 15 countries, our technology and services are underpinned by an outstanding global team of over 2500 people.