Business experts from The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) visited Edge Hill University last week to learn about innovative ideas from from students and graduates.

The FSB Connect Competition saw three teams pitch their business ideas to a panel which included Phil McCabe (Regional Development Manager for FSB), Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Graham Cowley and Claire Dallas, an FSB Member and owner of Dallas Legal.

Wet Fish, a team of third year Marketing and Computing students, scooped first prize of an FSB Award, a £200 cash prize and a nomination for the FSB Annual Regional Business Awards. The team have produced a unique card game – itself entitled Wet Fish – aimed at 18 to 35-year-olds and designed to encourage social interaction, conversation and laughter. The cards hold a variety of random questions and the players vote for who they think each card applies to.

Jamie Griffiths, Marketing Director at Wet Fish said: “We are very happy to have won the FSB competition! We were up against some strong businesses, so it was a great feeling to be announced as winners. So far we have done very well in every competition we’ve been in, so we are very pleased to receive another award and investment. We are currently working on designing new packaging for our product and this investment will be very useful to help fund this process.”

The Pitta Pizza Company, the brainchild of a team of current Nutrition and Health students, was also highly commended.

FSB’s Phil McCabe said: “The FSB is the largest small business organisation standing up for the rights and interests of small businesses in the UK. We have developed a long standing relationship with Edge Hill through the FSB’s Sefton and Ormskirk branch and have been involved in numerous events previously. This partnership is great as it gives students access to the FSB’s national network where they can find contacts and receive support. We are delighted to be involved with this competition at Edge Hill as it recognises and rewards students, and motivates them to further develop their business ideas.”

FSB are experts in business. Formed in 1974, they are a non-profit making and non-party political organisation whose member base covers the length and breadth of the UK. Their aim is to help businesses achieve their ambitions. They realise this aim by offering their members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government, influencing the decisions that affect their businesses.