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RHS Students reach final of business competition

A team of students from The Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, near Ipswich have been announced as finalists in Subway’s 10th anniversary Design a Sub challenge. Schools, colleges and sixth forms across the Anglia region have submitted over 110 Sub creations for this year’s challenge.

The competition – celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – challenged budding entrepreneurs to design a brand new 6-inch Sub. Students were also tasked with creating a high-impact marketing campaign for a new Sub creation with a fictitious budget of £50,000.

The Royal Hospital School team consists of four students: Charlie Suckling, Noah Britnell, Drew Bessey and Will Pank. The creative students produced a unique Sub named the ‘Pete’s Super Sub-marine’. The pupils now face a nerve-wracking Dragon’s Den style pitch to a panel of Subway experts at Cambridge University on Wednesday 12th February. The stakes are high, as finalists are competing for the chance to see their Sub launched in over 100 stores across the Anglia region and bag themselves £1,000 of Amazon vouchers.

Tim Brightwell, Head of Economics and Business at The Royal Hospital School, said: “We are so proud that our students have been shortlisted as finalists in the challenge. The team, all of whom are completing a BTEC in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, worked really hard to create their Sub and it has been a great opportunity for them to put their business skills to the test. The RHS community await the results with interest and hoping that they will have a chance to savour the new sub!”

Subway entrepreneur, Adam May, added: “We would like to thank all of the schools who entered this year’s challenge, we have received some outstanding entries in this 10th anniversary year and it was a tough decision deciding who would make it to the final pitch. The six teams of finalists should be proud of their achievement in getting so far in the competition; it is a true testament to all of their hard work and creativity. We are looking forward to seeing their creative pitches at the judging day.”

The Royal Hospital School will be competing against this year’s other five finalist schools: Elizabeth Woodville School in Northampton, James Hornsby School in Basildon, Essex, Hedingham School in Halstead, Essex, Northampton College and Norwich High School for Girls.

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