PJEA graduates secure first and second in the Edge Challenge

Congratulations to former Oldham College students Hassan Iqbal and Daniel Arundel, who secured first and second place in this year’s Edge Challenge.

Hassan, who graduated this summer and has gone on to study at Manchester Metropolitan University, runs CreativePixels, a media agency specialising in web design, SEO and branding.

He was presented the top prize of £3,000 by former dragon and patron of The Skills Show Theo Paphitis.

Hassan said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed to have actually won the Edge Challenge. It has been a really interesting experience which has helped to build my confidence and will help to build my business in the future. 

“I’d like to thank my family, my friends, Oldham College and all the organisations which have helped me to come this far.”

Daniel, who also came second in the PJEA’s National Entrepreneur of the Year competition, impressed with his business, The Arundel Bakery. 

He received £1,250, which will help him develop his free-from product range.

Daniel said: “I’m very proud of coming so far in the Edge Challenge. A big thank you to my family and to everyone at the college for their support. The prize will help to fund the business with new equipment and help us to progress further.”

The Edge Challenge is a national enterprise competition run by the Edge Foundation, in partnership with the PJEA and Gazelle Colleges Group.

It was launched to give young entrepreneurs an opportunity to get their start-ups off the ground.

Founder of the Peter Jones Foundation Peter Jones CBE said: “Hassan and Daniel are deserving winners of their prize money and they are fantastic examples of the young entrepreneurs that come out of our Academy. 

“I hope that future Academy students will be inspired by their success and gain the confidence and drive to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.”