Dragons’ Apprentice challenge launched for students in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 October 2013

Sir Roy Gardner speaks at the Dragons Den event in Welwyn

Sir Roy Gardner speaks at the Dragons Den event in Welwyn


SCHOOL and college students in Welwyn Hatfield have been challenged to take risks in an ambitious fundraising drive backed by the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

Six teams will be competing in a Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, aiming to turn £100 into as much cash as possible for good causes.

At a launch event at the Gosling Sports Park in WGC last week, they were told the challenge would yield real results.

Businessman Sir Roy Gardner, chairman of the Compass Group, told them: “The beauty of this is that it’s real, it’s not a business game.

“They [students] have to make real decisions and act on them.

“They’ll see a real result at the end of it.”

Sir Roy urged teams to be innovative, and not be afraid to take risks. Each team will be paired up with a business and a charity, and have until the end of November to draw up a business plan.

Awards will be given for most money earned, most innovative product or service, best example of co-operation, and best communication.

An overall awards ceremony will be held in March, with WHT editor Terry Mitchinson on the judging panel.

Borough councillor Mandy Perkins told the group at last Wednesday’s launch: “Projects such as these are fundamental for the development of the young people we have in the room today, and are vital to growing businesses, not just locally but nationally.

“It’s great that our colleges and schools are raising money for charities.”

The schools involved are Bishop’s Hatfield, Chancellor’s, Onslow St Audrey’s, Sir Frederic Osborn, Stanborough, and Oaklands College.

They will be raising money for Pro-Action Hertfordshire, Resolve, Riding for the Disabled, Welwyn Hatfield CVS, Welwyn Hatfield Home-Start and the Women’s Refuge.

Teams will be given business advice from Agri-Supply, Edgeward, John Lewis, McIntyre Hudson, Subway and Tesco.

The challenge is sponsored by Welwyn Hatfield Council, the Welwyn Hatfield Alliance and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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