The BiG Challenge Awards 2024

The BiG Winners, Shutter Scrubz from Sheffield High School for Girls
The winning teams from across the city pose for a group photo with sponsors and The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr Colin Ross

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The BiG Challenge Awards 2024 LogoBudding young entrepreneurs from across Sheffield were celebrated at the BiG Challenge Awards 2024 last night. [21 March 2024]

For the 17th consecutive year, the Awards celebrated the contributors and winners of this year’s annual enterprise competition.

The BiG Challenge sees young people from across Sheffield showcase their entrepreneurial spirit through a city-wide contest, where they are tasked with designing and developing their very own business.

The unique initiative, facilitated through Sheffield City Council’s See It Be It in Sheffield team, connects young people with employers and encourages them to think outside the box to develop a unique proposition.

It is launched in schools every September to Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils. This year, judges were challenged with choosing winners from 160 team entries across 15 Sheffield schools, involving over 500 young people.

Councillor Martin Smith, Chair of the Economic Development and Skills Committee at Sheffield City Council, said:

“Encouraging entrepreneurial skills and thinking in Sheffield’s young people is one of the main ambitions agreed in the Sheffield City Goals. 

“The BiG Challenge is unique to Sheffield and enables our young people to start this journey from age 11. This hands-on experience will help them to build business understanding, creativity and other skills needed if they were to run their own business in the future, or for future employment in general. These are all things we need in our growing local economy.”

With a startup loan of £25, each team is tasked with creating a business, which includes selling their products and services at the Moor Market in the city centre and pitching their ideas in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style presentation.

Each award is sponsored by a different employer or business, who took to the stage to present their winners with a unique prize including work placement experiences to support students with their future careers.

Categories included: most creative use of technology, award for the biggest profit, sustainability, problem solving and best for teamwork.

The overall BiG Challenge Prize, sponsored by Sheffield City Council, was awarded to Shutter Scrubz, from Sheffield High School for Girls. Each team member was awarded a £500 Virgin Experience Voucher for their success. 

The team developed a business idea selling lip scrubs, body scrubs, rings and bath salts. They demonstrated brilliant teamwork skills in taking their idea to market and made the most of opportunities to make sales, have fun and learn new skills. They also made more then £600 in profit.

Many of the award sponsors are acting Business Ambassadors for See It Be It, who volunteer their time to mentor teams throughout the competition and regularly commit to offering valuable employer encounters to Sheffield schools.

Amongst the sponsors was Harvey Morton, who was responsible for awarding this year’s Award for Marketing and Sales. He said:

“Having suffered from bullying in school, this opportunity gave me something to work towards and put my energy into. My original idea as a student is now a successful business that grew from participating in the BiG Challenge and taking a chance on myself.

“I would encourage all those students to take up this opportunity, whether it’s in a group or on your own, as it will help to boost your confidence and give you a focus, plus you may even discover a talent you never knew you had along the way. If an idea doesn’t work, try something else, just don’t give up!”


Results

Shutter Scrubz, Sheffield High School for Girls with sponsor Jill Fedyk, HLM Architects
Shutter Scrubz, Sheffield High School for Girls with sponsor Jill Fedyk, HLM Architects

The HLM Architects Award for Teamwork

Shutter Scrubz

Sheffield High School for Girls

HLM Architects

Bee Green Eco-Crafts, King Edward VII School with sponsor Stacey Jubb, the National Videogame Museum
Bee Green Eco-Crafts, King Edward VII School with sponsor Stacey Jubb, the National Videogame Museum

The National Videogame Museum Award for Creativity

Bee Green Eco-Crafts

King Edward VII School

National Videogame Museum

Eternal, Tapton School with sponsors Bill Hilton and Emma Parker, Opportunity Sheffield
Eternal, Tapton School with sponsor Bill Hilton, Opportunity Sheffield

The Opportunity Sheffield Award for Problem Solving

Eternal

Tapton School

Opportunity Sheffield

Aloe There, High Storrs School with sponsor Joe Abram, Hepp
Aloe There, High Storrs School with sponsor Joe Abram, Hepp

The Hepp Award for Aiming High

Aloe There!

High Storrs School

Hepp

Bee Green Eco-Crafts, King Edward VII School with sponsor Jack Kidder, Henry Boot
Bee Green Eco-Crafts, King Edward VII School with sponsor Jack Kidder, Henry Boot

The Henry Boot Award for Sustainability

Bee Green Eco-Crafts

King Edward VII School

Henry Boot

The Toolbox, UTC Sheffield City Centre with sponsor Ian Nicholls, Sheffield Forgemasters
The Toolbox, UTC Sheffield City Centre with sponsor Ian Nicholls, Sheffield Forgemasters

The Sheffield Forgemasters Award for Most Innovative Product

The Toolbox

UTC Sheffield City Centre

Sheffield Forgemasters

Coasters and Co, Newfield School with sponsor Mark Rawson, Seven Hills Creative
Coasters and Co, Newfield School with sponsor Mark Rawson, Seven Hills Creative

The Seven Hills Creative Award for Use of Technology

Coasters and Co

Newfield School

Seven Hills Creative

SJ Jewels, Sheffield High School for Girls with sponsor Harvey Morton, Harvey Morton Digital
SJ Jewels, Sheffield High School for Girls with sponsor Harvey Morton, Harvey Morton Digital

The Harvey Morton Digital Award for Marketing and Sales

SJ Jewels

Sheffield High School for Girls

Harvey Morton Digital

SHS Pets, Newfield School with sponsor Tracey Viner, Made in Sheffield
SHS Pets, Newfield School with sponsor Tracey Viner, Made in Sheffield

The Made in Sheffield Award

SHS Pets

Newfield School

Made in Sheffield

Tiny Travelers, Chaucer School with sponsor Yvonne Asquith, Business Sheffield
Tiny Travelers, Chaucer School with sponsor Yvonne Asquith, Business Sheffield

The Business Sheffield Award for Outstanding Reflective Journal

Tiny Travelers

Chaucer School

Business Sheffield

Torched Views, Holgate Meadows School with sponsor Tina Havenhand, MGRW+
Torched Views, Holgate Meadows School with sponsor Tina Havenhand, MGRW+

The MGRW Award for Biggest Profit

Torched Views

Holgate Meadows School

MGRW

Eternal, Tapton School with The Dragons: Jill White, Ben Locke, Heather Chapman, Ross Musgrove
Eternal, Tapton School with The Dragons: Ben Locke, Jill White, Ross Musgrove and Heather Chapman

The Dragons Award for Best Repeat Entry

Eternal

Tapton School

Sheffield City Council

Shutter Scrubz, Sheffield High School for Girls with Meredith Dixon-Teasdale, Strategic Director of Children's Services, Sheffield City Council
Shutter Scrubz, Sheffield High School for Girls

The Sheffield Sheffield City Council BiG Prize Award for Outstanding Achievement

Shutter Scrubz

Sheffield High School for Girls

Sheffield City Council


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