This year students from across the West Midlands battled it out in the Commercial Vehicle Show Make It Enterprise Challenge. Over the 3 days of the show 23 teams were tasked with setting up their own mini-manufacturing company and designing, manufacturing and building one of two projects: a super-flexible new local and mid-distance van for supporting businesses in their delivery / service / maintenance needs, or, a revolutionary new Long-Distance Lorry Cab.

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We were chosen as a team of 8 by our Business Studies teacher to take part in this exciting competition to take the opportunity to experience the world of manufacturing and develop our enterprise skills. We were excited in the lead up to the event and on the day we were eager to get involved in the activities put before us.

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Written by Miranda King, Nicola Ayoo and Jemima Laniado from Withington Girls’ School Year 10.

On Tuesday 28th June, we took part in the ‘Kellogg’s Make it Enterprise Challenge’ at the AJ Bell stadium in Trafford Park. We were greeted by apprentices from the local Kellogg’s factory and shown to our table where there was a huge selection of cereal bars and other snacks for us to indulge in. The task was introduced to us and we were given 2 ½ hours to design a new breakfast cereal, its branding and the factory which it would be produced in.

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Lancashire teenagers triumphed over teams from across the North West at the Grand Final of The Manufacturing Institute’s Make It competition.

More than 140 teenagers from schools across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire battled it out to design, cost, manufacture and market a new aircraft during the day-long challenge at Manchester Airport’s Concorde Centre.

They then had to pitch their ideas to a team of ‘Dragons’ including senior staff from BAE, Siemens, Sellafield, and Kelloggs.

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When Neil Burns founded Croft Engineering Services with his brother Mark 28 years ago, 3D printing was still the stuff of science fiction.

However, a chance encounter at Manchester’s Fab Lab has changed their business forever.

“As Warrington has always been a wire town, it was the right place to set up our business,” explains Neil. “Whether it’s wire mesh filters for the food, power generation or construction industries – you name it, we do it. “

Croft was always looking for a way of getting the holes in their filters more aligned with better edges and had considered a variety of methods to achieve this – including laser cutting – but didn’t achieve the desired results.

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