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Victory for Flux teams

Published: 15th February 2008

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Well done to MMU 'Apprentices' Liz, Jon, Daniya, Sam, Jess and Natalie

ENTERPRISING MMU students have won the North West final of Flux – the leading business pitching competition.

MMU’s teams finished first and second in the contest between North West universities including Lancaster, Uclan, Salford, Liverpool and MBS.

Just as in TV’s ‘The Apprentice’ the teams are presented with a business idea and must sell it to the maximum before a watching panel of expert judges.

The day-long competition on February 12, saw the MMU students edge ahead in such abilities as business development and planning, financial management, sales and marketing, and communication.

The winning team, who shared a £500 prize, comprised:

Daniya Iqbal (Accounting and Finance), Jonathan Williams (Environmental Science), Jessica Glapa (Masters Marketing Management, Cheshire), Liz Greenfield (English and Creative Writing), Sam Reece (Advertising and Brand Management) and Natalie Sidwell (International Business and German).

They will now go through to the Flux Grand Final at Plymouth University on March 17/18 where they will compete with nine other regional winners for a cash prize of £3,000 and the prestigious 2008, National Flux title.

1000s take part

The competition, sponsored by KPMG and created by skills-specialists Working Knowledge, has become an established part of the university calendar. 1000s of students apply to represent their university.

Sam Reece, from MMU’s winning team said: "This has been a fantastic day – and not just because we won! We’ve learnt so much about business, about our own set of commercial skills and about working together as a team – all of which will stand us in good stead when we graduate.

"Now we are just determined to go on and win the final!"

Jan Moore, head of MMU Careers, who facilitated the event with David Taylor, a senior lecturer in enterprise at MMUBS, said: "We’re very proud of the both MMU teams. They come from a mix of course areas - arts and sciences, as well as business subjects - and I'm convinced that makes them a stronger unit."

MMU’s runners-up team were:

Chris Cantor (International Business), Zara Mahoney (Medicinal and Biological Sciences), Aliya Sauytbekova (Business Enterprise), Erica Hadley-Jarrett (Sociology), Aaron Robinson, (Business Information Technology) and Tualtha O’Brien (Events Management).

For more information, visit or the MMU careers website.