Success on a Plate for Easychef
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Imagine, through a couple of clicks, having the exact ingredients delivered to your door in order for you to execute the perfect dinner party! This was Easychef's winning proposition at this year's Langtree Homes Enterprise Trophy for Sixth Formers at Bolton School. Easychef, comprising six Year 12 girls were the eventual winners in a competition which involved some 40 teams of Sixth Form students - 20 from the Girls' Division and 20 from the Boys' Division.
The competition had begun during the Autumn Term when students took part in Business Enterprise and Awareness Training (BEAT) courses, run by Brian Muir from BEAT. Seminars and interactive sessions from speakers from a range of commercial organisations ensured that the course had up-to-date business input and expertise. Following the programme, pupils formed teams of six to develop prospective new businesses offering a new product or service with a view to asking a local bank for a business loan to set up their new enterprise. Throwing themselves into the Bolton School version of The Dragons' Den, each group made a ten minute presentation, backed up by PowerPoint slides, to a panel of judges. Pupils were put under considerable pressure in defending the virtues and merits of their marketing strategies and cash-flow forecasts.
Ultimately, two teams from each Division were chosen to compete for the Langtree Homes Enterprise Trophy. The four teams were My Fronts - offering personalised boxer shorts; A Helping Hand - who offered a one-stop website for all your needs for disabled and less mobile people; Inswoolation - wool insulation solutions for houses; and Easychef, a web-based delivery of menu ingredients service.
The judges felt that these were the best presentations that they had ever seen at Bolton School - the students were confident and enthusiastic and their pitches well-structured and professional. After much deliberation the judges, David Moss, ex-Barclays Bank, Ian Broadbent, Barclays Bank, David Fish of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Phil Warriner from BT awarded Easychef the winners' trophy and My Fronts the runner-up prize.
The School is grateful to Langtree Homes Ltd for sponsoring the Enterprise Trophy. On the night Adrian Murphy, Development Director for Langtree Homes announced the winners and presented the prizes and also in attendance was David Mayhall, Managing Director.