GM Colleges face Tameside Dragons

On Monday 19th May, Tameside Centre for Enterprise hosted the Greater Manchester Colleges Group Inter Colleges Enterprise Competition. A total of six Greater Manchester Colleges were involved in the competition, to which the Tameside Dragons were judges.

Winners of the competition were Altrincham Originals from Trafford College.
Other colleges who were involved were; Tameside, Bury, Bolton, Oldham and Hopwood Hall who also received a trophy and certificate for their participation.

The six teams were asked to produce a business plan and a presentation for a new innovative product, which they had to submit, they were then invited to face the dragons to which they had five minutes to ‘sell’ their ideas. The Tameside Dragons were able to then spend 10 minutes asking questions about the teams’ business plan and product.

The Tameside Dragons were; Phill Brown, Managing Director of Benchmark Building Supplies, Jonathan Beckett, O2 Franchise Owner and Seb Coleman-Celis, Creative Director for Banter Media.

After a long deliberation, the Tameside Dragons decided upon the winner, who were then presented with a trophy and each team member received a certificate.

Jonathan Beckett, O2 Franchise Owner, and member of Tameside Dragons said; “I had the pleasure of being part of the judging panel at the recently held WorldSkills Enterprise event, held at the very impressive Tameside Enterprise Centre.

“The quality from all of the colleges was there to see, some of the most memorable moments include the guys from Dovestones with the tremendous work they do and, of course, the winners from Trafford College. We gave the Trafford team the top prize for a number of reasons, not least of all due to their ambitious approach to the local council (in Altrincham) which resulted in local government support, gaining senior support and emotional ties, hence boosting their chances of success.

“What took us (judges) by surprise with all of the candidates was their modesty, they had some great ideas and had executed their plans really well, and if anything they were their own worst critic.... that was supposed to be our job! It was a pleasure to be involved, we would like to see more digital technology being utilised in the future such as Social Media, etc. but in the main the teams really took their opportunities well and hopefully will go on to deliver some exciting work in the enterprise arena for many years to come.”