What to do with a disused control tower was the problem facing 40 of our North West students on their trip out to Manchester Airport.

Discounting admirable ideas like granny wrestling, glow-in-the-dark paintballing and a make-your-own dog parlour (not for dissecting here) our groups had just two hours to prepare a compelling business case. Under the shadow of that very control tower, our teams evaluated the merits of spas, restaurants, observations decks and play centres for kids. The time passed quickly, and before they knew it our formidable teams were before the judges and their pitiless gaze.

After a series of excellent pitches and much discussion among the judges the winning proposal was an educational feature which combined a history of the airport with the opportunity to get a (rather literal) overview of how it looks now. Prizes for creativity were also given to the team with an idea for a themed restaurant, and another proposing bungee jumping off the side.

Thanks go to all the schools involved: Manchester Enterprise Academy, Manchester Academy, and New Charter Academy. Also to Manchester Airport who kindly hosted the day, and who are free to take up any of those business ideas that they fancy. Good luck to them.

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One Response to “Taking off at Manchester Airport”

  • tom March 30, 2010

    Great work guys!

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