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‘Made in Portsmouth’ winners return to Gunwharf Quays

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Students from Ark Charter Academy will be returning to Gunwharf Quays on Thursday 12th July to see their Portsmouth-inspired product go on sale in the centre. The team of six students wowed a panel of Dragons Den-style judges with their business plan and innovative product idea as part of the Made in Portsmouth programme.

The initiative which launched earlier this year in collaboration with Landsec, Shaping Portsmouth and Ahead Partnership, saw four groups of year ten students from three schools across the city competing to create unique tourist products that echo and represent the waterfront city.

With the coaching and guidance of selected members from the Gunwharf Quays management team, the budding finalists pitched their merchandise with confidence and flare to the panel of professional judges. The winning product was PuP Wristbands, pitched by pupils Harvey Frost, Leyton Courtney, Connor Spencer, Connor Sands, Robbie Lovell and Zach Clarke from Ark Charter Academy, supported by their teacher Ian Stannard.

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Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: “The winning idea reflected the brief perfectly, and with funding from Gunwharf Quays, the product has been manufactured ready to go on sale. We can’t wait to welcome the team to the centre to launch their product to Portsmouth shoppers.”

PuP Wristbands will be on sale at, Central Square in Gunwharf Quays. Costing just £1, proceeds from the sales will be split between Gunwharf Quays’ local charity, Naomi House and Jack’s Place, and Ark Charter Academy’s chosen charity, Tonic Music for Mental Health.

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