Edge Hill University has hosted the LionHeart Challenge for the second consecutive year.

The LionHeart Challenge is a Nationwide Enterprise Programme chosen as a National Flagship by the National Leaning and Skills Council for Enterprise. It is an action packed challenge for young people, giving them the opportunity to develop their business and enterprise skills.

The Programme was delivered to schools up and down the nine regions of the country, where school teams had to battle it out in the regional heats to secure a place in the national finals, which were held at Edge Hill.

As well as hosting and sponsoring the challenge, Edge Hill Business School Academics showed their support by working as judges and business experts on the help panel.

In the final challenge, all nine teams were asked to Conceptualise, Design and Create a Product to aid survival in ‘Extreme Environments’, creating full HR, Financial and Marketing plans, before delivering a formal presentation to the judges.

The winner of the challenge and the National Champion of 2015 was the team from William De Ferrers School in Essex, who won with the highest score ever in the history of the event and were clear winners in all categories. As they impressed the judges so much, the winning team has been invited to the House of Lords to sit in on a debate, have lunch and meet company directors and Baroness Ruth Henig who is hosting the event, and has been a Crossbench peer at the House of Lords since 2005.

As well as declaring an overall winner, judges also awarded the following categories:

  • Overall Winner: William De Ferrers School (Essex, Eastern)
  • Best Financial Plan: William De Ferrers School (Essex, Eastern)
  • Thoughtful Consideration: St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls (London)
  • Best Product Concept: Our Lady’s Catholic School (Preston, North West)
  • Best Final Presentation: Whalley Range 11-18 High School (Manchester, North West)
  • Best Marketing Plan: St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls (London)
  • Best Proposal Research: Vyners School (London)
  • Most Effective Team: Whalley Range 11-18 High School (Manchester, North West)