Sixth-formers representing three newly-formed companies had their first taste of making a business pitch at a Dragons’ Den-style event organised by the Young Enterprise (YE) scheme.
The YE scheme is always popular at The Abbey, and this year is no exception. Whisperrr are producing relaxation packs, Chroma are producing environmentally friendly tote bags and Flare are producing educational and entertaining children’s books raising awareness of environmental issues.
This is the first major step in the process, where teams share their products with local external business leaders who offer advice.
This year 26 students are taking part in Young Enterprise. Each team is given the support of a business advisor from the Young Enterprise organisation and the support of a teacher at The Abbey. Whisperrr are working with Mr Charles Lovibond, Chroma are working with Mrs Rhona Winterburn and Flare are working with Mrs Marlene Robinson.
Mrs Jill Lesbirel, Young Enterprise co-ordinator at The Abbey, said: “Through the Young Enterprise scheme students gain so many different skills, relevant to not just future careers but also to their own social development and independence.
“It’s always fascinating to see how they work through issues and find their own solutions to any problems.”
The Dragons’ Den took place at Blandy & Blandy Solicitors in Reading. The panel of Dragons included; David Lamont, Marketing Manager, Blandy & Blandy; Adam Osman, PR and Marketing Consultant, AO PRM Ltd; Graeme Hobbs, Hobbs Granger Roitt Accountants; Ashraf Nabih, General Manager, Hilton Reading.