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Crafty win for K + C from St Sampson's High School in Guernsey
K + C with their hand painted pebbles from St Sampson’s High School have won the Overall Award in the 2017 Channel Islands Student Business Challenge beating other teams from St Sampson’s as well as teams from La Mare de Carteret and Guernsey Grammar for the top slot. Wooden Wonders from Guernsey Grammar won the Overall Community Award and additional awards were presented to the teams from each school for generating profit and marketing. The awards ceremony was held at the St Pierre Park on Wednesday 24 May 2017 and celebrated the achievements of the participating teams.
This is the second year that the Channel Islands Student Business Challenge has been held in Guernsey. Thirty teams of students from St Sampson’s High School, La Mare de Carteret and Guernsey Grammar created and ran their businesses for a two month period. Each team was given a loan of £100 to start their business and worked with mentors from corporate partners Barclays, EY, Ogier and Sure throughout the Challenge. The teams collectively made an overall net profit of over £4,500 of which around £1,500 is being donated to local charities, including Les Bourgs Hospice, Autism Guernsey and the Priaulx Baby Foundation.
Liz Coffey, Headteacher at Guernsey Grammar said “The Challenge has gone from strength to strength and we are so proud of our students who have created innovative businesses in a very short space of time. They have learned a huge amount and we have seen how much the Challenge has helped them improve their communication skills, organisation and their teamwork.”
Ken Bradley, Barclays said “It is very rewarding to see our mentors help their teams and at the same time benefit themselves from the relationship. This Challenge has a huge impact on the students and really helps equip them for the working world.”
Ken Bradley continued “This was the first time La Mare de Carteret and Guernsey Grammar have taken part in the Challenge and we have been so impressed with the way their students have embraced it and joined the teams from St Sampson’s in building business skills within school.”
Sure have sponsored the Channel Islands Student Business Challenge both in Jersey and Guernsey for the past two years and Sure’s former CEO Eddie Saints, who passed away earlier this year, was a keen supporter and personally mentored a team from St Sampson’s school last year. As a tribute to Eddie, Sure have introduced a special award for an individual who has overcome a personal challenge.
Ian Kelly from Sure said “The Challenge has helped so many students overcome adversity and Eddie would have been delighted to see how this year’s Challenge helped Matilde Vivieros of La Mare de Carteret, who spoke no English when she arrived in Guernsey recently, gain self-confidence and communication skills.”
Overall Winner: K + C Crafts, St Sampson’s
Overall Community Winner: Wooden Wonders, Guernsey Grammar
La Mare de Carteret Profit Award: Heavenly Guernsey
Guernsey Grammar Profit Award: Make Your Day
St Sampson’s Profit Award: Go Survival
La Mare de Carteret Marketing Award: Carpe Diem Café
Guernsey Grammar Marketing Award: Trick N Treat
St Sampson’s Marketing Award: Sign of the Times
Sure Award in memory of Eddie Saints: Matilde Vivieros, La Mare de Carteret