Great Enterprise at Ardingly College is a Piece of Cake
Ardingly students have battled to claim the prize of best business plan in the annual Take a Risk enterprise competition, with the team presenting the concept It's a Piece of Cake being worthy winners.
This year, a record 56 students from the Lower Sixth applied to take part and they were supported by 13 business mentors who have all either had many years of experience in industry or are running their own businesses. Students learnt to work in a professional way, picking up tips from their mentors on appropriate business etiquette. They also had to work as a team to get through the task and put themselves forward to present in front of an audience, all valuable skills to ensure they become more ready for the world of work.
The concept of It’s a Piece of Cake is an online cake company which provides customised pre-measured local ingredients delivered to your door. Packaged in a branded, sustainable box the product takes the mess and hassle out of baking while delivering the fun.
The winning team of students impressed the judges with their solid idea, supported by meticulous research and clear business planning, and was made up of Charlotte Bridgwater, Magnus Chisholm, Ivan Filippov, Matthew Geddes, Roselly Hamlett, Sophie Lewis, Anna Szafran and Marie Veilly de Jouffroy d’Abbans.
Support for the students came from business mentors Pamela Bower-Nye and Colin Wilson, who are both parents of children at the school and offer many years of business experience. Colin Wilson, Head of UK & Ireland for global property advisors Cushman & Wakefield in London, said: "Being a mentor for this great team of students at Ardingly was a real pleasure and I was very impressed by their calibre. At Cushman & Wakefield we are keen to go into schools and colleges to help talk about business and to raise awareness. Take a Risk is a wonderful entrepreneurial opportunity for these young people."