Faroe Islands competition beckons for Ilford pupils with self-weighing luggage business idea

(l-r) Qavi Islam, 16; Umber Janjua, 17; and Aadil Ali, 17

(l-r) Qavi Islam, 16; Umber Janjua, 17; and Aadil Ali, 17 - Credit: Archant

Europe had better watch out as three students from Ilford get ready for the competition of a lifetime – thanks to self-weighing luggage.

After winning the national stage of the contest, they are through to the European Business Game taking place in the Faroe Islands.

Their winning idea was self-weighing luggage called Quali-fly, a concept that took a whole year and several brainstorming sessions to think of.

Umber Janjua, 18, Al-Qavi Islam, 16, and Aadil Ali, 17, all of Valentines High School, Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, were the champions who came up with the business idea.

Jessica Lee, deputy director of the sixth form, said she was proud of the students’ efforts in reaching the final.


She added: “I’m really pleased because they worked really hard all year as a team and I wish them the best of luck.

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“They had a lot of brainstorming sessions and over the course of the year they came up with this business plan.”

The pupils had to stand in front of a panel of three judges –– an entrepreneur and two other business experts – and present their ideas at the offices of international law firm Norton Rose in Southwark’s More London development.

Miss Lee said: “Once they finished, they submitted the business plan at the national level and were eventually picked as one of three finalists.”

The three Year 12 students will now be going to the Faroe Islands to represent England against nine other teams.

Miss Lee feels confident that they can go all the way to become the European champions.

She said: “I’m really confident because of the strength of the business idea.”