Dragons’ Apprentice

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Pupils from secondary schools across North Herts attempted this challenge and succeeded in raising over £10,000 for fantastic causes in the local area.

Organised by the North Herts Centre for Voluntary Service, the annual Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge saw teams, partnered with a nominated charity and a ‘dragon’ business advisor, develop innovative business plans to raise money for their appointed charity.

Virtual Business Source, UHY Hacker Young and Provisio supported three teams this year, all reaching the final.

Managing director, Robin Mead, represented Virtual Business Source in team Luna as the ‘dragon’ business advisor and together with pupils from St Francis; they worked in support of the charity, Carers in Herts. At the awards ceremony, team Luna won ‘Most Innovative Business Idea’ after creating a personalised calendar featuring facts about their charity and involving different year groups from their school by asking them to provide pieces of artwork in the style of famous artists.

Team Mercury, also made up of St Francis pupils, saw director, Martin Gorvett, represent Provisio as the ‘dragon’ business advisor and together they won ‘Best Presentation’ and ‘Most Money Raised’ on the night, making £5,534.86 for their charity, Up On Downs, by selling beanie hats and hosting an auction.

UHY Hacker Young was represented by consultant, Chris Maylin, in team Onslaught of Dragons which was made up of pupils from the Priory School; they came away from the awards ceremony with ‘Best Co-Operation with their Charity’, Dr Hadwen Trust.

Similar schemes across the country have raised £80,000 so far this year, an overwhelming success that we look forward to continuing when the next challenge starts in September!

If you would like to read the full write up in The Comet, please click here.