Two budding young entrepreneurs from Peterborough Regional College have been crowned this year’s winners of the CIPS Negotiation Challenge.
Peterborough students, Kamal Hyman and David Yhap, both attend the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy – established by star of Dragons’ Den Peter Jones CBE, and run by the Peter Jones Foundation.
The impressive duo fought off strong competition from five other colleges to be declared winners following their remarkable performance throughout the entire process.
The final, held at Heathrow Airport February 12th, consisted of the six colleges taking part in a business simulation scenario. This challenged them to work together as property developers putting their newly-found negotiation skills to the test to ensure the best outcome for their hypothetical businesses.
Hyman, a former youth MP and owner of a motivational speaking business, said: “It came down to the strategy we had, which was to pick our opponents wisely and have the guts to make the first move.”
This annual competition, now in its fourth year, works with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy network across the UK, involving over 200 young people aged between 16-19 years old.
The CIPS Negotiation Challenge is designed to raise the profile of procurement and supply management as an early career choice for young people as well as equipping participating students with active skills and helping them perfect the art of persuasion and influence in business. The challenge aims to help students gain confidence as they consider the pursuing a career in a global business environment.
Emma Scott, Representation Manager at CIPS said, “Once again the students from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academies have impressed us with their negotiation skills as they competed head to head in our Property Developer Challenge. These skills will be of great value in both their careers and private lives, elevating them above their peers. Congratulations Peterborough and big well done to everyone else who took part.”
Peter Jones Foundation National Business Enterprise Manager Barry Nash said: “Negotiation skills are vital in business and in life – we all have to learn to negotiate at some point and competitions like this are a perfect place to start.”
“The standard of work produced in this year’s challenge has been absolutely exceptional. The Peterborough team were very impressive throughout and thoroughly deserved to come away the winners. We’d like to thank both CIPS and Heathrow for a great day all round – we’re already looking forward to next year.”
Now winners of the Negotiation Challenge 2015 Hyman and Yhap have been presented with an award and will be featured in Supply Management magazine, which is circulated globally to thousands of procurement professionals. Alongside this they will be invited to attend the CIPS Annual Conference in October, giving them further insight into the procurement and supply profession.
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organisation. It is the worldwide centre of excellence on procurement and supply management issues.
CIPS has a global community of over 110,000 in 150 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics. The activities of procurement and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation and CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability.
For more information visit www.cips.org
Peter Jones Enterprise Academy
The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy has a mission to train and motivate young people, unleash entrepreneurial talent and create opportunities for young people to realise their potential.
Founded by entrepreneur Peter Jones CBE, the nationwide network of colleges and educational providers offers BTECs and Apprenticeships in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship; these are the first qualifications of their kind for 16-19 year olds in the UK. The qualification was written by Peter Jones CBE in partnership with Edexcel.
The course structure is business-led and involves partnerships with a range of companies and entrepreneurs providing leadership and hands-on business experience.
The courses prepare students for an entrepreneurial career, whether they plan to set up their own business or to work in an entrepreneurial workplace, helping an established business to grow.The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is supported by over 100 leading businesses in the UK.
For more information visit: www.pjea.org
Twitter: @pjea_org Facebook: /peterjonesenterpriseacademy
Eilis Carr, Public Relations Executive , CIPS, at firstname.lastname@example.org on 01780 761562
Tim Cooke, Press Officer, Peter Jones Foundation, at Tim.Cooke@pjfoundation.org on 01628 563123