Three Millfield BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship pupils met with Reggae Reggae sauce creator, Levi Roots, after winning a national Peter Jones Academy award for their ‘Developing a Product Concept’ challenge.
Upper Sixth pupils Hector Collett, Claudia Tsen and Charlotte Williams won ‘Flash Challenge of the Year’ for their Reggae Reggae Mayonnaise product concept. Representatives from Levi Roots praised the pupils’ innovative idea, saying that their team had also recognised the opportunity for such a product in their own research, and are now developing it for production.
The pupils were presented with a trophy from entrepreneur and businessman Peter Jones, as well as a personalised video message from Levi Roots inviting them to join him for dinner at his restaurant in London. The award was presented at ‘EntFest’, a one-day festival held at the University of Buckingham which brings together students, entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and experts to network, learn and champion enterprise in all its forms.
The challenge was part of the BTEC Level 3 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship course, where pupils have the chance to participate in a number of ‘flash challenges’ throughout the year set by The Peter Jones Foundation’s network of business sponsors and entrepreneurs. The popular BTEC course is now in its second year at Millfield, with pupils learning business skills through numerous excursions, guest talks, challenges and workshops.
Millfield’s Head of Business Studies, Catherine Glover, says, “Meeting and gaining insightful business advice from such a creative entrepreneur like Levi Roots was the icing on the cake for Hector, Claudia and Charlotte. One-on-one time with any successful entrepeneur is invaluable experience and I can’t wait to see what these innovative pupils come up with next.”