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NW Enterprise Champions

Published: 28th November 2005

ENTERPRISING MMU students have been crowned North West champions in the Yomping the Nations Business Challenge.

The University which also provided the runners-up beat teams from Liverpool, Lancaster and UCLAN, by impressing judges with business ideas in pitch similar to TV's 'The Apprentice' show.

Our seven-strong team of four men and three women, will now compete with the best in Britain in a National Final in London on December 6.

The finalists from MMU are:

Ravi Sanagr - BSc Business Information Technology
James Finney - BA Accounting and Finance
Anjub A Ali - BA Architecture
Hannah Giles - BA Advertising & Brand Management
Kirsty Riley - BA Business Studies
Kayleigh Buckley - BA Business Enterprise
Ajay Mistry - BA Business Enterprise

The event at Lancaster University on November 23 presented each group with a business scenario and allowed students to bounce ideas off business experts in finance, marketing, operations etc before they presented a plan for success and growth to a panel of business executives.

Strong teamwork

Anjub Ali, 22, a fourth-year architecture student said: "The competition was tough and we were delighted to win. I think the judges were particularly impressed with our strong teamwork.

"I want to be my own boss when I graduate, and I hoped YOMPING would teach me some business tricks. It did more than that - my learning curve took off!"

Our runner-up team comprised:

Agnes Li Kuang Chee - MSc Clothing Product Development
Madeleine Jarvis - BA Business Enterprise
Ian Leather - BA Coaching and Sports Development
Rafflyn Galvan - BA Accounting & Information Systems
Mohammed Zulqurnain - BA Business Enterprise
Lillian Catherine Mugonyi - PGDip Legal Practice
Laura Tucker - BA Business Administration with Marketing

MMUs backroom staff were: David Taylor (Senior Lecturer in Enterprise), Jan Moore (Head of Careers), Sarah O'Donnell (Head of Regional Affairs) and Professor Ossie Jones (Director of the Centre for Enterprise).

If you're interested in YOMPING in 2006 contact Jan Moore - j.d.moore@mmu.ac.uk or David
Taylor - d.w.taylor@mmu.ac.uk or go to www.yomp.net