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Bryngwyn's Wash Pit Team Wins Prizes at Swansea Bay Young Dragons Final

Bryngwyn’s ‘Wash Pit’ Team Wins Prizes at Swansea Bay Young Dragons Final

Bryngwyn’s Team Wash Pit won two prestigious awards for  ‘Best Brand ‘and ‘Best Marketing ‘ when they competed at the Final of the Swansea Bay Young Business Dragons on Friday 16th November.  They came exceptionally close to winning the overall prize of £1000 for the School  but were pipped at the post by Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera from Neath Port Talbot with their Zip-Away Rucksack/Sleeping Bag.  

The Competition, which was sponsored by Wales & West Utilities and organised by Swansea Bay Partnership in association with Careers Wales, saw over 7,000 students from the Swansea Bay area put forward their creative ideas for a business opportunity around the theme of UK Festivals.

Over a series of heats,  the teams from 40 schools across the area have expanded their business ideas with the help of mentors from local businesses to develop their business and marketing strategies.

The Awards on the evening were presented as follows:-

  • Best teamwork Award:  Team Water Ones, Cwrt Sart Community School
  • Most Polished Pitch Award & Most Innovative Product Award:  Team Zip Away, Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera
  • Best Financial Planning Award: Team Endurance, Ysgol Glan Y Mor
  • Best Marketing Campaign & Best Brand Award: Team Wash Pit, Ysgol Bryngwyn
  • Most Innovative Social Media Campaign Award: Team Solar Light, Bishop Vaughan Catholic School
  • Best Trade Stand Award: Team Vintage Vans, Ffynone House School    

The competition judges included Philip Davies, LBS Builders Merchants Ltd,  Nicola Pugh from Montagne Jeunesse International Ltd and Andrew  Downie,  Netbop Technologies Ltd. 

Graham Edwards, Chief Executive of sponsors, Wales & West Utilities, said: “This year’s Competition has been fantastic!  I would like to congratulate the 6 teams that made it through to the Final.  The students have demonstrated a real passion for business and real entrepreneurial flair – they are an inspiration to us all.”

Zoe Bonnell , Managing Director of Bryngwyn’s Team, said : “The Young Business Dragons Competition has been an amazing experience which has allowed me to develop a wide range of skills.  It was challenging and stressful at times but all the hard work paid off when we were presented with our two Awards.

Visiting Owens Transport was a great opportunity where we found out about many important aspects of our service, which, prior to the visit, we had not thought about.  The staff were very helpful and friendly and we really appreciated their time.  The visit opened our eyes to how difficult it is to actually set up a business, with all the costs involved.

Having the opportunity to appear on the Wave and Swansea Sound was enthralling!  The staff were great, they really made us feel at home and took a genuine interest in our idea.  We were all extremely grateful for the radio advertisement that was produced to promote ‘Wash Pit’ as it was highly professional and added to our advertising campaign.  We felt the visit gave us an insight into what  a ‘real business’ would have to do in relation to advertising.

The overall experience has been outstanding.  It has opened my eyes to a whole new world, in which I would never have even thought of being involved in before.  It has also greatly improved my teamwork skills.  My favourite part has been giving presentations and meeting a variety of established businessmen/women in the Final.  Our success would never have been achieved without the help of our Mentor, Nicola Roberts, to whom we are really grateful to for her time and expertise and also, Mrs Hughes, for taking us around on visits and pulling us together as a team.  We would also like to thank Mr Paul Jones, our Headteacher, for setting up the first round of the competition in School and coming to support us at the Final.  I am truly sad that the whole experience is over and we feel that our success in reaching the Final is an indication of the brilliant foundation that Bryngwyn School has laid down for us.