This year’s final involved six teams from four colleges who were required to act as a team of property developers.
Given plots of land on a map, they were challenged to maximise their holdings by trading squares with their rivals, grouping the plots into given shapes for development.
A panel of procurement professionals, from hosts Walgreen Boots Alliance in Nottingham, scored them on the value of their assets, how much cash they had left and their negotiating style. The students from Leicester College – Hassan Jama, Kiran Kaur, Benjamin Webbe and Juhil Dilipkumar – impressed the judges most with their understanding of what was required.
Andy Brown, a facilitator from Arc Blue, said: “Leicester triumphed with their flexible strategy, friendly approach and an ability to make decisions using well-defined roles.”
The annual competition has been running since 2012 with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, involving more than 200 young people aged 16 to 19.
Andrew Rose, head of sourcing, Europe, at Walgreens Boots Alliance, said: “As an organisation with global scope, we were delighted to host. The students will benefit from close exposure to our dynamic business but encouraging young people to pursue a career in procurement will benefit businesses.”
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