Students face ‘the dragons’ in business plan competition.

Business studies students from The Piggott School braved the ‘dragons’ to pitch their money-making ideas. A Business Plan Competition was run in partnership between the school in Twyford Road and Twyford Village Partnership (TVP). Millgate Homes has pledged £525 in vouchers to the prize winners. These will be presented along with special framed HaaHoos pictures to the winning team at the Annual TVP Business Awards in June.

The winning team with business studies teacher Ashley Pearce and headteacher Hilary Winter

The year 11 pupils were put into teams of three and challenged with the task of coming up with an idea for a business, which they then had to pitch to panels of judges made up of teachers and business people.

Each team was assigned a mentor from TVP, who they could call on for help with ideas and their plan.

A total of 55 children took part in the competition and the final six teams took part in the ‘Dragons’ Den’ style finals held at Interserve in Ruscombe Park, Ruscombe, on Tuesday.

“It is one of the best things TVP has ever done,” said Gordon Storey, TVP business forum leader.

“If this isn’t bringing the businesses and the community together I don’t know what is.”

TVP chairman Patrick Heather, one of the judges at the finals, said all the presentations were ‘absolutely brilliant.’

First place went to team ‘Bake’, made up of Harry Pollard, 16, Kheson Howard, 16, and Anna Cowling, 16. They were mentored by Neil Cartwright.

Their idea was to provide a tailor-made baking service for individuals, families and businesses.

“We did a lot of research,” said Anna.

Harry added that coming up with the idea was the hardest part.

“I would like to carry it on,” said Kheson. “If we have got this far, why can’t we carry it forward?”

In second place was HPT, a personal training service, and in third was Get Smart.

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