Jersey: Victoria College "Clean Up" At The Channel Islands Student Business Challenge Awards
Last Updated: 20 May 2016

Four Seasons Soap from Victoria College in Jersey has won the Overall Award in the 2016 Channel Islands Student Business Challenge, beating teams from Grainville, Haute Vallee and Jersey College for Girls for the top slot.

Additional awards were presented to the team demonstrating the best use of social media and also to teams in all four schools for generating profit and benefiting the wider community. The awards ceremony was held at the Radisson on Thursday 12 May 2016 and celebrated the achievements of the 40 participating teams.

The teams in this year's Channel Islands Student Business Challenge 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 Ogier, Barclays, EY, and Sure throughout the Challenge.

The teams collectively made an overall net profit of over £15,000 of which over £4,500 is being donated to local charities, including CLIC Sargent, Cry Jersey, Jersey Dyslexia, Jersey Alzheimers and Durrell.

Ogier partner Nick Kershaw said: "It is very rewarding to see the students learn key employability skills and these awards are testament to the teams' hard work in creating viable businesses. We are justifiably proud of the students' achievements."

Susan Morris, Headteacher, Grainville added: "This Challenge has helped the students improve their numeracy and financial understanding, their communication and organisation skills as well as giving them valuable experience of working in teams. The skills that they have developed will prove valuable throughout the rest of their schooling and when they enter the working world."

Kirsty Mackay, Executive Director, EY said "The teams have made impressive profits in a very short space of time. It is inspiring to see their generosity and to see them actively engaging with their chosen charities."

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