Refrigerated Van Manufacturer Supports Schools Competition

UK’s leading refrigerated van manufacturer, CoolKit Ltd, supported Lancashire schools during the local heats for the Make It In Manufacturing 2017 competition.

Organised by The Manufacturing Institute, the Make It in Manufacturing North West Championship involves schools from each of the region’s counties – Lancashire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Cheshire and Greater Manchester – taking part in a one-day competitive activity.

The Lancashire heats, which took place at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, Preston, on 30th November 2016, saw a total of eleven schools competing to go onto the regional finals.

The competing schools were:

  • Blackburn Central High School
  • Blessed Trinity RC College
  • Darwen Aldridge Community Academy
  • Moor Park High School
  • Our Lady & St John Catholic College
  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
  • St George’s School
  • Ribblesdale High School
  • Sir John Thursby Community College
  • Witton Park
  • Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School

With 11 schools in total, there were 8 pupils from each school, all year 9.

CoolKit Ltd sponsored the Lancashire heats by setting and judging the challenge alongside co-sponsors Themis and Burnley Bondholders.

The challenge involved each team creating a refrigerated van manufacturer business and launching the all new “FlexiVan2020” refrigerated vehicle, which would be used to transport ice-cream for customer “Gelati di Burnley” from Burnley to Bologna, Italy. The teams had to devise their own marketing material, keep their finances in order, set their pricing strategy, create a model of the van, and at the end of the day pitch their proposals to a team of “dragons” headed by CoolKit Head of Operations Steve Wilkinson. As a leading refrigerated van manufacturer business, the teams had to come up with innovative and unique characteristics for their products and their marketing to stand out from the crowd.

Throughout the day, Steve, together with other dragons, circulated the room, keeping an eye on the teams and listening in to their work, marking them for teamwork, leadership, innovative ideas and timekeeping. CoolKit Marketing Manager Loredana Emmerson also acted as an advisor, meeting each of the schools halfway through the day to assess their work so far, and make suggestions, while marking them a score out of ten.

Following the final pitches, the top two schools were chosen as first place Tauheedul Girls School, Blackburn, and second place St George’s School, Blackpool.  Both will be representing Lancashire in the regional finals in March with support and mentoring from Steve and Loredana from CoolKit.

Steve Wilkinson, Head of Operations at CoolKit, said: “The event was a really fun day and it was brilliant to see young people getting so engaged with manufacturing and showing such a huge enthusiasm for business.

“We were massively impressed by the submissions that all the schools put in and it was very difficult to pick a final winner, so it is a great accolade to the two schools chosen in first and second place and we are looking forward to working with them in the finals.”

“We had a great day with CoolKit at Ribby Hall Village and every school team was very impressive. Manufacturing and engineering are crucial to our economy and it’s essential that we attract the brightest young people to work in the sector.

Stephanie Boyle, Events Executive at The Manufacturing Institute, said: “By connecting young people to manufacturers through practical hands-on events, the ‘Make It’ campaign is a really effective way of inspiring a future generation of young talent. Working with companies like CoolKit really helps to showcase the variety of opportunities available to students across Lancashire.”

The regional finals will take place at Manchester United Football Stadium on 15th March 2017.

Our Commitment To Superior Quality Fridge Vans

As we strive to maintain the prestige title of UK’s leading refrigerated van manufacturer, it is only fitting that we adhere to the world’s leading quality management accreditation as a business, committing to the satisfaction of our customers and value their repeat business with us. Holding an up to date ISO 9001 accreditation, we are able to demonstrate our active interest in the quality management systems in place within our production and therefore the quality of the refrigerated vehicles we manufacture.

Award Winning Fridge Van Conversions

With superior quality control systems in place, attention to detail with bespoke 3D CAD software designs and state-of-the-art CNC machinery fabrication, we have created over 6,000 successful fridge van conversions over the last 11 years. Utilising our own design of bespoke insulated lining kits, we are in the advantageous position of offering the lightest payload capabilities on the market, making sure our customers receive fantastic value for money when investing in a CoolKit refrigerated vehicle.


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