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Pupils at a Lichfield secondary school and sixth form have showcased their entrepreneurial spirit during a special Dragons’ Den-style business event.

Year 10 students at Nether Stowe School, on St Chad’s Road, were challenged to display their business nous by creating and then pitching their best business products to a panel of judges including Bromford’s head of locality Suzanne Shead.

The business pop-up event, organised by careers advisors at Entrust, was designed to develop students’ technology, communication, negotiating, team building and leadership skills.

Dozens of students split into groups before working up business ideas taking into account feasibility, marketing and costs among other things. Each group battled it through to a final where the best four ideas competed for the Dragons’ seal of approval after a grilling from the panel.

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Team leader Miriam Harrison, 15, and her green festival food and drink business Chugging it Green was the eventual winner with other ideas including a BBQ delivery service, a UV paint business and a new technology to easily locate lost mobile phones, wallets and keys.

Suzanne said: “Bromford has almost 5,000 homes in the Lichfield area and we’re always looking to forge ever-closer links in our communities which is why I was delighted to be invited by the school to be Deborah Meaden for the afternoon.

“The event was brilliant and I was impressed by just how many great ideas the students came up with and the level of detail they went into. We’re all about unlocking the potential of our customers and these talented students who are our businessmen and women of the future most certainly did that thanks to this great initiative.”

Assistant headteacher Debbie Sullivan added: “The day was a great success. Our Y10 students gained a lot from the experience and we are very grateful to the employers who gave up their time to come and support us and judge the very varied business ideas.”

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