Hutchesons’ Grammar students named runners-up in Subway competition

The Hutchesons' Grammar School design team. (Photo: Roddy Scott)
The Hutchesons' Grammar School design team. (Photo: Roddy Scott)

Students from Hutchesons’ Grammar School have been named runners-up in Subway’s Design a Sub challenge.

The school saw off competition from schools and colleges across West Scotland to make the shortlist of six.

The challenge, which was launched in Scotland last year by Subway, asked budding entrepreneurs from schools and colleges across Ayrshire, Argyll and Bute, Dunbarton, Falkirk, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Stirling to come up with their own design and marketing campaign for a brand new six-inch Sub or flatbread.

The team from Hutchesons’ Grammar School went up against five other shortlisted teams to pitch their marketing and advertising campaign to a panel of Subway experts earlier this month at the SEC in Glasgow.

Unfortunately the team from Hutchesons’ Grammar School – Fiyin, Zoya, Hannah and Prerana – missed out on the top prize to Dunoon Grammar School, who will see their winning design brought to life in over 100 stores across West Scotland in the spring.

Student Zoya said: “We’ve really enjoyed the competition from start to finish.]

“It was great to put the business skills we have been learning into practice with a brand that we all know and love.

“It’s been a brilliant learning experience; pitching in front of the panel from Subway was really nerve wracking, but such great preparation for the future.”

Subway entrepreneur Shahid Sadiq said: “This is the second year that we have run the Design a Sub competition in Scotland and we had an outstanding response, with some brilliant creative designs and marketing proposals submitted by students from across the region, demonstrating that the entrepreneurial spirit is well and truly alive in West Scotland.

“Selecting our overall winner was a tough decision and all the teams demonstrated a good understanding of the brief, did their homework and put together impressive presentations for the judging panel. Congratulations to all our finalists.

“As a franchise business, Subway is run by entrepreneurs who live and work locally in their communities and we are committed to fostering and developing the business skills and employability of young people.

“The students who entered the Design a Sub competition demonstrated excellent creative and business skills and it was a privilege to be involved.”

Lois Reid, from Hutchesons’ Grammar School, added: “Our students thoroughly enjoyed getting to grips with the Design a Sub competition.

“It offered them a fantastic opportunity to put the business and marketing skills they have been learning in the classroom into practice in a real-life business environment.

“What’s more, they have been able to develop important life and employability skills, such as research, communication, presentation and team work, which will hopefully stand them in good stead in the future.”