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.
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).