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Thurrock schools are the winners at Next Top Boss Awards

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Boss 1A CROWD of nearly 150 people made up of students, teachers and businesses packed into South Essex College on Thursday (23 March) night to celebrate the finale of Thurrock Council’s 2017 Thurrock’s Next Top Boss project.

Representatives from secondary schools and colleges were at the event with sound, music, and presentations production managed by level 3 production arts and technical theatre students from South Essex College.

The competition, which is gaining year on year popularity, has involved over a thousand students from across Thurrock.

Philip Pearson, Director of HW Wilson, hosted the evening for the second year running and explained the programme to a packed audience.

Nine schools and one college (Palmers College) took part in months of hard work and preparation to claim one of the three awards up for grabs; The Green Solution Business Challenge, The Business Challenge and the Overall Runners-Up award.

Businesses set school teams different tasks and problems to solve. Teams were judged on criteria like team work, was there evidence of budget management, creativity and success against the brief.

The winner of the Green Solution Business Challenge, kindly sponsored again by Essex & Suffolk water was presented by Helen Jacobs, Senior Conservation Advisor was The Gateway Academy.

The Business Challenge, working in partnership with H.W.Wilson and presented by Mark Sexton, Community Liason Manager from Lakeside Hammers Speedway Club, and the winner was William Edwards School.

Overall Runners up award in partnership with C2C presented by Marc Myers, General Manager from intu Lakeside and was awarded to St Clere’s School.

Thurrock Council’s ‘Boss’, Chief Executive Lyn Carpenter, opened the event by saying explaining how after speaking at last year’s event she knew she needed to make sure Thurrock Council hosted one of the challenges.

Speaking afterwards, she said: “Thurrock Council is having to think and behave more commercially than ever.

“It is therefore right, to have hosted a team in the 2017 Thurrock’s Next Top Boss competition and I have been seriously impressed. There are a number of future bosses sitting here in this room tonight – if they took home an award or not, everybody who took part should be very proud of themselves.”

WinnersGreen Solution Business Challenge in partnership with Essex & Suffolk Water

Presented by Helen Jacobs, Senior Conservation Advisor, Essex & Suffolk Water.

School: The Gateway Academy

Team Name: Beyond Expectations

Students: Bronwyn, Leah, Onyeka, Amelia, David, Ernestas, Joseph, Liam and Ketmani .

Business Challenge in partnership with H.W.Wilson

presented by Mark Sexton, Community Liason Manager from Lakeside Hammers Speedway Club,

School: William Edwards School

Team Name: Solutions

Students: Thomas, Lucy, Daniel, Harrison, Daniel, Paige, Oliver, Bradely, Loana-Amalia, Kelly, Elle and Emma.

Overall Runners Up in partnership with C2C

Presented by Marc Myers, General Manager intu Lakeside

School: St Clere’s School

Team Name: Teens 2 Trains

Students: Heather, Ryan, Max, Willaim, Jaimee, Ethan, Emily.


With thanks to our business sponsors:

Birkett Long


Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Essex & Suffolk Water

HW Wilson Ltd

Impulse Leisure

Intu Lakeside

Lloyds Bank

Orsett Hall

Port of Tilbury

Royal Opera House

The Vortex Lakeside Hammers Speedway Club

Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC

Thurrock International Film Festival ( Blatella)

Thurrock Council

Willmott Partnership Homes Limited


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