Peterborough Regional College students hailed winners of national negotiation competition

Two Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students from Peterborough Regional College have been crowned this year’s winners of the CIPS Negotiation Challenge.

Taking part in a pioneering business simulation game, Kamal Hyman and David Yhap fought off strong competition from five other colleges to take the overall top spot in the final at Heathrow Airport on February 12th.  

The pair, working as property developers to negotiate and secure the best outcome for their hypothetical business, impressed a panel of expert judges from CIPS and Heathrow with a “remarkable performance” throughout the day. 

Kamal, a former youth MP and owner of a motivational speaking business, said: “It came down to the strategy we had, which was to pick our opponents wisely and have the guts to make the first move.”

Now in its fourth year, the competition is run in partnership with Peter Jones Enterprise Academy colleges across the UK and involves over 200 young people aged between 16-19 years old.

Emma Scott, Representation Manager at CIPS, said: “Once again the students from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academies have impressed us with their negotiation skills as they competed head to head in our Property Developer Challenge.  

“These skills will be of great value in both their careers and private lives, elevating them above their peers. Congratulations Peterborough and big well done to everyone else who took part.”

The CIPS Negotiation Challenge is designed to raise the profile of procurement and supply management as an early career choice for young people and helps them perfect the art of persuasion in a business environment. 

Peter Jones Foundation National Business Enterprise Manager Barry Nash said: “Negotiation skills are vital in business and in life – we all have to learn to negotiate at some point and competitions like this are a perfect place to start.”

“The standard of work produced in this year’s challenge has been absolutely exceptional. The Peterborough team were very impressive throughout and thoroughly deserved to come away the winners. We’d like to thank both CIPS and Heathrow for a great day all round – we’re already looking forward to next year.”

Having received an award on the day, Kamal and David will now feature in Supply Management magazine, which is circulated globally to thousands of procurement professionals. 

They will also be invited to attend the CIPS Annual Conference in October, giving them further insight into the procurement and supply profession.