Winners from last year, Northern Regional College pictured alongside Laura Jackson (BDO Northern Ireland), Ron Whitten (Henderson Group) and Ciaran Connolly (Queen’s Management School)

QUEEN’S Management School, in partnership with BDO Northern Ireland and Henderson Group, have launched the NI Business Challenge for 2019.

Aimed at Year 13 and 14 students studying A-Level Business Studies, the competition now in its 2nd year will take place on the 6th February 2019 at Queen’s Management School at Riddell Hall.

The NI Business Challenge supports the NI Business Studies curriculum and facilitates the development of pupils’ business skills and knowledge in an enjoyable and interactive forum.

Representatives from BDO Northern Ireland, Henderson Group and Queen’s Management School will make up the judging panel on the day with the winning school team receiving VIP tickets for a Belfast Giants game, £500 for their school and a bespoke trophy.

Highlighting the key objectives of the NI Business Challenge, Laura Jackson, Partner at BDO said,

“This is a rewarding and challenging initiative that gives young people studying A-Level Business Studies rare access to a real-life project and high calibre coaching from seasoned business professionals.  Through the initiative students will have the opportunity to develop their teamwork, time management, analytical thinking, presentation and debating abilities, equipping them with practical knowhow and skills for future success.”

Ron Whitten, Chief Financial Officer, Henderson Group also commented,

“Corporate Social Responsibility is an ever increasing priority for the Henderson group and the business community generally. We are therefore delighted to be working alongside Queen’s Management School in encouraging the next generation of management to consider how important it is for business to be conducted in a way which benefits customers, employees, the environment and wider society.”

Commenting on the benefits for the students that take part, Professor Ciaran Connolly from Queen’s Management School said,

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