In the spring, G-First and St James’s Place Wealth Management launched a Year 12 business studies and economics competition to students from schools across Gloucestershire. The aim was to encourage students to develop their awareness of enterprise and to understand the importance of working collaboratively in groups, with the emphasis on demonstrating personal ambition, initiative and creativity. In the students’ own words …
The process involved creating a concept for an internal school competition for Year 12 economics and business studies students.
We were keen to come up with an idea that encompassed corporate social responsibility and so we designed Pedal Power! Pedal Power involves upbeat energy production through under the desk pedal bikes, which generate and store electricity as you pedal. You can track your individual energy production via the Pedal Power app. It can be used throughout the working day along with an opportunity to take part in a two-minute speed pedal to music and disco lights twice daily.
After winning the schools competition in March, we proceeded to the final at St James’s Place head offices in Cirencester on Friday 17 May. We were up against four other schools, and each had to present their idea to a panel of judges, including the Chief Finance Officer of St James’s Place.
We accompanied our presentation with a prototype pedal bike to demonstrate our idea and bring it to life. One judge was so inspired by our idea she was eager to try it out. The competition was fierce and the whole process was very nerve wracking, but overall our concept excelled and we were declared winners! The prize is a two-week paid internship in the summer at St James’s Place, which we are really looking forward to, and £1000 towards the development of our idea.
Emily Darcy-Drake, Sophie England, Apolline Kirk, Teya Quinnell, Lucianna Wills – Year 12 Business students.