Ntegra back the Cotswold Challenge
The team of self-employed entrepreneurs behind the educational initiative, The Cotswold Challenge, is celebrating. Why? Because they’ve achieved shortlisting in not one, not two, but three categories of the South West Business Awards.
New judge Andy Langley, has joined Swindon-based IT company Ntegra as CEO. Thus further cause for celebration.
Andy, who is also a trustee of youth development organisation The Platform Project, said: “I’m honoured to have involvement with The Cotswold Challenge 2021. This initiative chimes with our company ethos of supporting new talent.
Last year’s Cotswold Challenge
Last year was and 2021 is,challenging for any young person. And we’re delighted as a company to be able to embrace the creativity we’re sure entrants will share with us when the competition goes live.’
Allison Murray, who runs a brand and identity business, Allison Murray Design is one of The Cotswold Challenge team. She said: “We’re thrilled to have our important initiative recognised. When we started this challenge for young students last year during the first lockdown, none of us expected it to be so successful. The 500 entries we received then overwhelmed us.
Nigel Chute of Chute Design agreed and said: “The Cotswold Challenge was set up to help students in Swindon and the Cotswolds that were going to miss out on their GCSEs and A-Levels. We were so fortunate to get support from:
1. many generous sponsors
2. Expert celebrity judges … and
3. … even a letter from the Secretary of State for Education.
I’m honoured to be part of the initiative.’
The South West Business Awards will announce the winners at a gala virtual awards ceremony on Thursday 29th April at 6pm. The Cotswold Challenge team will be in virtual attendance to see if they’ve won an award. They’re in the running for Charity of the Year; New Start-Up Business of the Year and Covid Community Champion.
They’re in the running for:
1. Charity of the Year
2. New Start-Up Business of the Year and
3. Covid Community Champion.
Fiona Scott, a media consultant based in Swindon and one of the team of four behind the challenge, said: ‘We never, in a million years, imagined how successful or popular the challenge would be. It was so successful that we’re extending it this year to Year 11, 12 and 13 students at schools and colleges in and around Swindon.
‘Then, to get the support from the Ntegra team, and for Andy to give up his time, alongside other judges, to look at the work the young peope send in, is humbling. Last year more than 500 young people took part and their talent was awe-inspiring.’
A new award this year
New for this year is the special recognition award for outstanding talent.
The judges will select, one student from each of the three categories:
1. Art & Design
2. Creative Writing
3. Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking …
… o receive a £250 prize by the team for their contribution.
The Cotswold Challenge 2021 will launch on Tuesday 1st June. The closing date for entries will be Tuesday 6th July.
To find out more, visit www.thecotswoldchallenge.com.