Members of the McKenna Townsend team recently organised and attended two Design a Sub judging days – one at the SEC in Glasgow (West Scotland region) and one at Cambridge University (Anglia region).
Design a Sub is a Business Studies competition, run by McKenna Townsend on behalf of the Subway® brand in the regions, that challenges budding entrepreneurs in schools and colleges to design and market a brand new six inch Sub. Both West Scotland and Anglia regions received around 100 entries each, and from those, the team had the hard task of selecting the six finalists to attend the respective judging days.
At the judging day, the teams had the opportunity to pitch their Sub design and marketing plan to a panel of Subway® experts – franchisees and a marketing expert from McKenna Townsend. Up for grabs was the chance to see their Sub launched in stores across the region for a limited time, and £1,000 worth of Amazon vouchers.
The students enjoyed presenting their ideas to the panel – overcoming their nerves and delighting in seeing their Sub designs brought to life for the judges to taste. The students’ presentations were all of a high quality – the team are always impressed by the standard they see from the finalist schools.
The winners of the Anglia region were The King’s (The Cathedral) School in Peterborough whose team created the Sweet ‘n’ Spice Sub. Natalie Reay, the team’s teacher, commented: “Winning Design a Sub will make a real difference to these students’ lives. Not only have they had the opportunity to develop important life and employability skills, but they will benefit from the prize fund which will enrich their lives.”
West Scotland’s winning design was the Chicken Spicer Sub created by the talented team from Dunblane High School – spicy Subs were a popular choice this year! Louise Burton, Dunblane High School teacher, commented: “Our students thoroughly enjoyed getting to grips with the Design a Sub competition. It offered them a fantastic opportunity to put the business and marketing skills they have been learning in the classroom into practice in a real-life business environment.”
Design a Sub competitions have been running in the Anglia region for eight years, alongside several other regions across the UK– but this was the first competition open to students from schools and colleges in West Scotland.