Bangor pupils claim victory at the NI Schools Business Challenge
Pupils from Glenlola Collegiate emerged as winners of the third annual NI Schools Business Challenge. In association with the Henderson Group, BDO Northern Ireland and Queen’s Management School, 13 teams made up from schools across Northern Ireland took part in the competitive competition.
The initiative required pupils to develop and present a business strategy based on a case study provided by local business, the Henderson Group, specifically in relation to their award-winning Gander App and Henderson Technology arm of the business.
Each team’s entry was judged by a panel of senior business experts from BDO Northern Ireland, Henderson Group, and Queen’s Management School with the aim of the project to help develop the pupils’ practical skillset and demonstrate their knowledge.
This year’s event, supported by CCEA, took place at Queen’s Management School, Riddel Hall with the winning team from Glenlola being represented by Elsa Collins, Shana Martin, Kirsten Hanna, Allie Greer and Emer Malcolm. The winners were awarded the much-coveted trophy, VIP tickets for a Belfast Giants game and £500 for their school.
Northern Ireland Business Simulator Challenge
A-Level pupils from Bangor Grammar came out winners of Northern Ireland's first Business Simulator Challenge, aimed at testing essential competencies required for the workplace.
The initiative, organised by Queen's Management School, BDO Northern Ireland and Henderson Group saw nine A-Level student teams from schools across Northern Ireland compete in the challenge which forms part of the wider Business Studies Curriculum.
The real-time simulator challenge placed students in the position of business leaders and CEOs, offering a range of complex problems and tasking them to solve them, demonstrating a range of skills including commercial awareness, team work, financial management and leadership.