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Stepping Into Dragons' Den... Who's In?

A team of 15 students visited the offices of accounting & business services company, Baker Tilly, this week to begin preparations for the latest exciting and dynamic activity organised through Ahead Partnership’s ‘Make the Grade’ scheme.  

This activity will culminate in three teams of 5 students pitching their own unique business ideas to a panel of judges in a Dragons’ Den style competition.  Accompanied by Mrs Haxby and Mrs Fearnley, the group was given a short introduction about what Baker Tilly do, before being split into teams and allocated a mentor from Baker Tilly’s staff of business volunteers.  This was followed by a tour of the offices with brief presentations by the different departments about what each one does and how that fits into Baker Tilly in the wider context. 


Work then began on coming up with a company name and an idea of a product or service they would like to sell which they would eventually pitch to the Dragons.  Supported by their mentors, the students then met with various experts from the areas of business they will need to consider when planning their business proposal.  These included marketing, Accounts, HR and Corporate Finance.  They were given the opportunity to question the experts to help inform the different planning elements of their business ideas.  After a brief round up, the teams were set the task of producing a 10 minute presentation for the next session on 14th May where they will be questioned for 5 minutes by the Dragons.   

Will will continue in the interim to develop their ideas and prepare presentations ready for the main event.  The presentations will be marked on set criterion and all the teams will receive constructive feedback afterwards before the Dragon's chose a winner.  We will bring you the full story about the second session later this month. 

Crawshaw is continuing to build links with business partners from various sectors through the Make The Grade programme.  This has seen a range of activities put on for groups of students aimed at preparation for working life.  We will continue to report on Make The Grade on our news pages, in our weekly e-Bulletin and on Twitter (@CrawshawSchool) as they happen.