Edinburgh Napier hosted rising sales stars from both sides of the Atlantic at a prestigious two-day contest. A team from the University of Texas Dallas jetted in to take on talent from Coventry, Sheffield Hallam and the home university at the UK University Sales Competition, sponsored by Textron Aviation. The capital university’s Craiglockhart-based Business School was hosting Thursday and Friday’s(March 28/29) UK University Sales Competition (#UKsales2019) for the second consecutive year.
Edinburgh Napier third year student Max Hampapa emerged as the winner of the main Sales Role Play competition after two intense days of pitching to and negotiating with a panel of seasoned business professionals. Max, from Stuttgart, Germany, shone in a contest which saw competitors play the role of prospective sellers of a company jet. Max narrowly beat Jordan Murphy from University of Texas Dallas, with two other Edinburgh Napier students, Martine Assen and Falk Lewedog, completing the shortlist. Max and Martine have been selected from the UK competition to represent Edinburgh Napier’s Business School in the upcoming 6th European Sales Competition at Avans University in Den Bosch in Holland in May. A separate quickfire Sales SpeedSell competition, which acted as a curtain raiser to the main event, was won by Tyra Banks of University of Texas Dallas.
The UK contest has become an annual offshoot of a European movement to put sales at the heart of the higher education curriculum. Edinburgh Napier’s Dr Tony Douglas, Director of the Competition, said: “The UK University Sales Competition 2019 gave students the chance to demonstrate their presentation, active listening, questioning, negotiating and closing skills. Once again this year, we were able to celebrate our student talent not only from Edinburgh Napier but across the UK and further afield.”
The first of the European Sales Competitions was organized in Brussels in June 2015, with the aim of addressing a lack of structured sales training and exposing participants to cross-cultural differences.
Tony added: “Sales Competitions at Business Schools showcase student talent to prospective employers who are keen to select those with great potential for national and global Sales Graduate Programmes. The stats are very stark; there are many more sales opportunities than university Business Schools can currently fill. It is a huge potential win-win-win opportunity for all parties. Only when more of our undergraduate and postgraduate students get access to professional sales learning in the classroom, and in modules and programmes within Business Schools across the UK and Europe and the USA, can we begin to fill the pipeline with talent.”
About Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh Napier University, which takes its name from the brilliant 16th century mathematician John Napier, has more than 19,000 students from more than 130 countries. Its six Edinburgh-based Schools are spread across three campuses, and it also has transnational education partnerships in Hong Kong, China, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore and Switzerland. Visit www.napier.ac.uk/sales for more information.