Business-savvy students left judges, industry leaders and mentors impressed during the final of this year's FLUX competition.
Teams of six planned and presented a business idea for a real business challenge, provided by a business. The groups demonstrated their skills and sound commercial awareness with one winner emerging.
The fast-paced business competition took place in front of businesses from the across the region at the University of Plymouth's Rolle Marquee.
Mark Beresford, Careers Consultant, Careers and Employability at the University of Plymouth
"FLUX is one of showcase events for Student Enagement. If you want to get involved in FLUX as a student, we run a FLUX competition in the autumn and a FLUX competition in the spring. If you're an employer, we're always looking for a new business challenge. Many employers come to do this year on year because they find it a great way to meet potential talent. We've had quite a few graduates in these events who end up as employers."
In previous years, teams have worked on scenarios provided by Babcock International Group, Plymouth City Council, St Luke's Hospice Plymouth, Dartmoor Zoo, the RNLI and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.
Rosemary Prout, of Babcock International Group, said:
"It's really important for giving students, from all backgrounds, a flavour of what it's like to work in business. This competition gives them an excellent grounding. We're looking for evidence they've done their research and they've thought about the subject they've been asked to prepare for the pitch."
Alastair Carnegie, Director of Total Energy Solutions, said:
"I've been involved in FLUX for probably over ten years now. I've always had a passion for working with students and empowering their employability skills. It's watching the ability of our students to go from no business experience at all at 9am to later presenting a really professional manner - it's incredible."
Juliette Crabtree, of Sorella Consultancy, said:
"I'm really looking for the passion and ideas that people really know what they're doing, especially as some of the disciplines aren't necessarily based on business and marketing. It's great to see students from Marine Engineering and Chemistry, Civil Engineering and they're all coming out with these fantastic marketing ideas. It's really exciting.
As an alumni, it feels great to be back on campus, it's always got a nice nostalgic feel. But it feels like, from a business point of view, we're giving back. I took part in an Enterprise challenge when I was at the University, which led to my first role out of university."
Nadine Mashingaidze, of GA Solicitors, said:
"I think one of the most important things is to learn how to work together as a team. If they do any mentoring at all I think that's really important, especially as a student going into employment.
Stage 4 BSc and MGeol Geology students Charlotte, Lilli, Sophie, Emma, Tom and Harry, of Plymouth Ground Solutions, won over the judges to take the title as this year's FLUX winners.
The team were challenged by event supporters Barnardo’s to come up with ideas to increase fundraising income and the number of volunteers supporting the children’s charity. Judges handed them a cheque for £600.
The event was sponsored by Santander Universities.
FLUX 2019 final - highlights
Watch video highlights from the FLUX 2019 final, held at the Rolle marquee on the University of Plymouth's campus.
Emma Cieslak-Jones, BSC (Hons) Geology with Ocean Science student, Plymouth Ground Solutions team
"FLUX has been an amazing experience. It gives you something to talk about in every interview. When they ask about teamwork, or any of those questions you have in an interview, you can talk about FLUX when you're put on the spot.
All the skills you learn in FLUX are perfect for when you're going to apply after university."
Find out more about the University of Plymouth's careers and employability services and competitions available to students.