School's triumph in business competition

FIVE sixth-formers from Ousedale School fought off competition from nine other teams to win the grand final of business competition.

The Arts Business Challenge, hosted by the Centre for Customised ExecutiveDevelopment at Cranfield School of Management, is designed to provide an opportunity for aspiring young business leaders from schools across Milton Keynes to experience working withaworld-class management school.

The event ran ‘virtually’ for twoweeks, with teams competing in an online business simulation, before the four most profitable teams andawild card team met face-to-face at Cranfield for the grand final.

The trophy was presented to the winning team by Milton Keynes mayor, councillor Alan Richards, and they will nowbe joined by runnersup Denbigh School in the Inter-County Challenge.

The challenge takes place in the autumn when the teams will compete against winners of similar challenges from Bedfordshire schools.

Fran Bottoms,a teacher at Ousedale, said:“The opportunity to participate in a professional business simulation is unique and the students have learned a great deal from it.

“They were runners-up in the first round but by the final they had really grasped the important essentials and wonoutright. As a bonus one of the students won the award for best designed logo.

“I am extremely proud of the group and the way they haveworked together as a team.”

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