2021 Central Belt Scotland & North England Blue Regional Final Results!

On Tuesday 8th June our teams from schools across Central Belt Scotland & North England attended the first day of the Big Ideas Competition 2021 Regional Finals!

This year, the teams presented their Big Ideas virtually, via Zoom, directly from the schools themselves. Each team presented in front of a panel of judges made up of our amazing business partners, S4TP staff, and our expert young people!

The first event was the Blue Regional Final, where 7 teams presented, from the following schools: Kingsmeadow Community SchoolOutwood Academy Freeston, and Bannockburn High School.  Each team delivered a 5-minute presentation and then answered questions from the judging panel.

The judges included representatives from our business partners – Tsungai Mumbe from Tarmac, Paul Illingworth from Kongsberg Automotive, Stuart Forrest from SGN and guest judge Auli Miles.

The results were announced as follows:

Runners Up:

Eco Friendly Fashion, Outwood Academy Freeston:

“Our big idea is to create an Etsy business selling upcycled clothing at a reasonable price. All the clothes will be bought from either Charity Shops or ethically sourced businesses, upcycled, sold on and some profits that month will go to a chosen charity. There will also be links to information websites to try and educate people about Eco Friendly Fashion.”

Green Team, Kingsmeadow Community School:

A service recycling household waste and unwanted items.


Life Under Water, Bannockburn High School :

A campaign to stop plastic pollution in the ocean.

Life Under Water are now through to the National Final which will take place as a Zoom event on the 23rd of June!

Jen Baughan, CEO, Solutions for the Planet, said: “Young people have Big Ideas, they have passion, creativity and a huge amount of resilience. Through the Big Ideas Programme we create a space for these young people to develop solutions to global sustainability issue that matter to them. Our Competition provides a platform for their ‘Big Ideas’ to be nurtured through mentoring and development.

“Without the investment of our Business Partner Network these Big Ideas would not be shared with the world.”

We would like to express our thanks to our Big Ideas Programme Partners.  In particular our National Partners Tarmac and IGEM.

Special thanks also go to our Central Belt Scotland and North England Event Sponsor: Northern Powergrid

We wish Life Under Water the best of luck as they prepare for the National Final. We also want to congratulate ALL the students who presented on Tuesday – the standard of ideas and presentations was incredibly high, and it was a wonderful way to begin our Regional Final season!

Written by: Jen Baughan

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