Dragons impressed by school teams’ entrepreneurial talents

From left: Dragons Gavin Anderson of BabyTV and Andy Emmerson, Domino's Pizza; guest speaker Simon Greenish CEO of Bletchley Park;  Dragons Zoe Raven of Acorn Childcare and Steve Nevey, Red Bull Technology
From left: Dragons Gavin Anderson of BabyTV and Andy Emmerson, Domino's Pizza; guest speaker Simon Greenish CEO of Bletchley Park; Dragons Zoe Raven of Acorn Childcare and Steve Nevey, Red Bull Technology
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SOME of the biggest businesses in Milton Keynes supported the local Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Dragons’ Den competition.

The recent final at Bletchley Park was the culmination of several heats to find the top five school teams in the region.

Each group had to present their business ideas to a jury of four local Dragons which this year included: Zoe Raven of Acorn Childcare, Gavin Anderson of BabyTV , Andy Emmerson from Domino’s Pizza and Steve Nevey, of Red Bull Technology, all under the watchful eye of Jonathan Bailey, chairman of Milton Keynes IOD.

Major sponsors were BP, Domino’s Pizza, Argos, Northern Light and Bletchley Park which chief executive Simon Greenish offered as setting for the young entrepreneurs to make their presentations. Domino’s pizzas were devoured.

The winning team was Chenderit – a visual arts college from Banbury who received a trophy and £500 for their school. Every student taking part was presented with a digital camera supplied by Argos.

Steve Nevey, from Red Bull Technology, said: “The standard of work, the levels of detail and the professionalism of the presentations are an inspiration to know that the future of British business is in such very capable hands.”