Gunwharf Quays launches Made in Portsmouth challenge

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24 students from The Charter Academy, Portmouth Academy and King Richard's School were set a special challenge by Landsec and Gunwharf Quays earlier this month - with an enthusiastic response from local students.

They were set an exciting challenge to design and create their own tourism gift product, which will see finalists pitch their ideas to a panel of Gunwharf Quays experts in March.

The students took part in various insight workshops and took part in coaching sessions with business volunteers from Gunwharf Quays so they could learn more about the designer retail outlet. The workshops focused on product development and business planning to help them hone their ideas and get ready to develop their own plan.

The winning team will be given £200 to produce their idea and given a pop-up shop to sell it this summer. All money raised from sales will go to charity.

Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: “We are passionate about supporting young people in achieving their full potential, showcasing the vast array of career opportunities within our City. We work to offer employment opportunities for many local students as well as apprenticeships, traineeships, and taster sessions in retail & hospitality.”

Georgina Hughes, Ahead Partnership's Project Coordinator for Made in Portsmouth, said: "This has been a great start to the Made in Portmouth challenge. Students were really keen to learn from the business experts and are now working on their own concepts back at school. The input from their business coaches was invaluable and we can't wait to see what ideas they bring to pitch to the panel."

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