Students take on the Make it in Manufacturing Challenge

Business brains present their product

A team of budding business brains from the Radclyffe School took on teams from nine other schools from across Greater Manchester in the McBride Make it in Manufacturing Challenge.

The team of eight Business Studies students, four girls and four boys arrived at the Norton Grange Hotel in Rochdale to be given a manufacturing challenge to overcome. The students were asked to set up their own mini-manufacturing businesses, and they went on to design, build and market a new ‘multi-liquid’ cleaning product and dispenser for a customer of their choosing. The product the team, Easy Hygiene came up with was called HCD.

During the day each team completed a series of tasks and each took on job roles from managing director to finance, sales and marketing managers. They created a brand for the company before pitching their ideas in a ‘Dragons’ Den-style presentation to managers from McBrides.

Zulaykha Tamur, who took on the role of Managing Director said, “It was an interesting event I enjoyed getting to tell the rest of the team what to do. We learnt just what manufacturing is like.”

Creative Director Halima Hoque added, “It got me interested in being part of other competitions and learning more about running a business.”

Teacher of Business Studies Mrs Croft said, ““Getting involved in the challege was a really valuable experience for the students, and they came up with creative and interesting ideas. It gave them an insight into how manufacturing businesses work and should inspire them towards the exciting careers available.”

The event was organised by McBrides, a leading supplier of household cleaning and personal care products, in partnership with The Manufacturing Institute.

24 November 2014

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