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Manchester High School for Girls

Year 8 take on The National Enterprise Challenge

On Thursday 12th December, girls in Year 8 took part in The National Enterprise Challenge, the UK’s largest business competition.

The National Enterprise Challenge provides students aged 11–15 with a real-life business challenge set by some of Britain’s best-known brands.  Each challenge takes place over the course of a full school day and is supported by some of the most well-known figures in the business world.

Girls were challenged by Air Products UK to create a product from used gas canisters, develop a marketing campaign, PR stunt and television advert, and then present their ideas to a panel of judges – Manchester High’s own Miss Hannan and Mrs Chisnall. Ideas ranged from prosthetic limbs, electric car charging ports and bespoke furniture. The winning team, Play Pretend, used the gas canisters to create outdoor play equipment for children.

Miss Hannan, Head of Careers, said: “The National Enterprise Challenge is a fantastic way to introduce pupils to entrepreneurship. Our girls are very concerned about sustainability but they’re also very creative, so this was the perfect challenge for them! Miss Chisnall and I had a very tough time deciding the winner, which is testament to their love of the challenge. I’m very proud of them all!”