Innovative iPad holder proves an award winner for Fordham student

CRC’s winning construction students, from left to right: Sam Brown, Liam Adams-Stock, Alex Theobald

CRC’s winning construction students, from left to right: Sam Brown, Liam Adams-Stock, Alex Theobald and Curtis Wood with their iPad holders - Credit: Archant

A Fordham construction student has beaten hundreds from across the country to take third place in a national business competition.

Alex Theobald was one of a team of four joinery students from Cambridge Regional College who proved they had business acumen as well as practical skills when their Charity Woodwork Company proved a runaway success at the Gazelle Colleges Market Maker competition.

Pitting their wits as well as their product – beautifully hand-crafted iPad holders – against some of the best business-minded students in the country, the team of four was delighted with their third place win.

Alex, 17, of Trinity Close, Fordham, said: “I did part of the presentation and it was very nerve-wracking. We had to work hard on the business plan and answer tough questions. It’s a big achievement to take third place, because the standard of the other entries was very high.”

More than 300 teams took part in the competition, with the finalists facing a grilling as they pitched their businesses to a ‘Dragons’ Den’ panel at the Institute of Directors in London.


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CRC tutor Mark Piller said he was immensely proud of the successful students, who raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices through their woodwork company.

He said: “They did a fantastic job pitching the business to the judges, who loved the product and were really impressed by the charitable element. Everyone wanted to buy the iPad holders there and then.

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“I’m very proud of them, and it is great to see construction students doing so well in a business competition. To come third in a competition which attracted 320 team entries is a phenomenal achievement.”

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