Young dragons get fired up

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: From left, students Joe Moye, George Cookson, Sam Clark, Tom Miller, Euan Guckian and Emma Wade show off their business acumen in Stoke-by-Nayland.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: From left, students Joe Moye, George Cookson, Sam Clark, Tom Miller, Euan Guckian and Emma Wade show off their business acumen in Stoke-by-Nayland.

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MORE than 100 students from schools in and around Sudbury came together this week to find out if they have the right skills to become a future entrepreneur.

The event – called Who Wants To Be An Entrepreneur? – was organised by Babergh District Council at the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa in Leavenheath.

The students were asked to come up with a business plan, costings and marketing for an event to be held at the Keeper’s Lane venue. Then they had to pitch their ideas to a panel of “dragons”.

The winning team had pupils from Great Cornard Upper, Hadleigh High and Ryes School, with Ryes pupil Tom Brown making the winning pitch based on an event organised by the school called Heart to Heart in aid of an autism charity.

Jill Barton, Babergh community development officer, said: “It was a fabulous day and the children definitely got something out of it.

“The winner and deemed entrepreneur of the day was Emily Spooner from Sudbury Upper School. She won a cup and will spend a day at Hollow Trees Farm Shop.”