Valentines High pupils impress judges in Faroe Islands with business idea

(From left) Qavi Islam, Umber Janjua and Aadil Ali with their award in the Faroe Islands

(From left) Qavi Islam, Umber Janjua and Aadil Ali with their award in the Faroe Islands - Credit: Archant

More than 700 miles from home, three pupils from a Gants Hill school have tasted business glory with their own self-weighing luggage idea.

Umber Janjua, Qavi Islam and Aadil Ali from Valentines High School in Cranbrook Road represented England at the European Business Game Finals in the Faroe Islands.

After winning the national final, the Year 12 trio visited the island group in the Norwegian Sea to pitch their company, Quali’Fly.

Their concept – luggage fitted with a weighing mechanism and display to let holidaymakers know when they’ve packed too much – impressed because they won “best performance” for their presentation to a panel of ten judges.

They also got to take boat rides to visit some of the tallest free standing cliffs in Europe and visited Faroe businesses such as a plastics company, a beer brewing factory and FaroeseTelecom.


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The European Business Game draws students from across the continent to come up with the best fictitious company and business plan.

Umber said: “I hope our success will inspire other young entrepreneurs in the school to pursue their dreams and goals.”

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The final was held in the capital Torshavn on July 4.

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