A team of students from Edge Hill’s Business School have excelled at the Graduate Enterprise Start-Up Regional Final and will represent the North West in the national finals.

The winning team, Tinctura, competed against 12 other student businesses from universities across the North West for a place in the National Start-Up Final which will be held in May at the University of Loughborough.

The team impressed the judging panel from Barclays, DWF, Home Bargains, Manchester Airport Group and John Lewis, and were awarded the overall winners, winning the North West Regional Final outright.

From the Italian translation of the word tincture, which means botanical infusion, Tinctura offer bags of beautifully blended botanical ingredients ready to be infused into any alcoholic drink.

The team is made up of Nakisha Syed-Lawton, Hannah Hopkins, Wes Smith, Emily Penman, Zack Minshull, Jordan Stevenson, Ed Seed and Charlie Critchley.

Nakisha Syed-Lawton said:

“The Graduate Enterprise experience and representing the University has allowed us to understand what running a small business is like in a competitive world, and the factors that small businesses face when starting up. It has also enhanced our skills in areas that are only covered in the workplace and are difficult to gain in university.

“Winning this Business Start-Up Award has provided us with the confidence required to know that we can take our business beyond the Graduate Enterprise scheme and allowed us to assess our strengths and weaknesses as individuals and as a team, and how we can use these to our advantage in the future.”

Tinctura weren’t the only team to stand out at the Regional Final. Edge Hill’s other representative team, Only One Ocean, won the Best Presentation category and team member Ryan McDonaugh was named Student of the Year.

Sue Murrin-Bailey, senior lecturer and module leader for Graduate Enterprise, said:

“As tutors and mentors for this project, Sean Naughton and I, along with Mel Bulmer and John Firr, are very proud of the two groups who represented the University to the highest level amongst strong competition from LJMU, MMU, University of Bolton, University of Chester, UCLAN and Liverpool Hope.

“We now look forward to supporting Tinctura in the next stage of their business venture both commercially and competitively at the National Finals.”

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