From the top Fred Heritage · 13 February 2017
Peter Jones names Britain’s most enterprising young business tycoons
Dragons? Den star Peter Jones has announced which eight teams of young business tycoons have reached the final of this year’s Tycoon in Schools his nationwide annual enterprise competition. Eight teams of entrepreneurial children from schools across the UK have been picked out of around 150 teams that took part in the competition, which included primary schools for the first time this year. More than 100 teams of young business tycoons as young as five years-old have been battling it out, starting their chosen business and trading between October and December 2016, with the help of loans from the Peter Jones Foundation. This year’s Tycoon in Schools competition saw over 2, 000 schoolchildren receive loans, for business ideas as diverse as film nights, e-sports? tournaments and printing children’s books. Commenting on this year’s competition, Jones said: I have been bowled over by the ambitious and innovative businesses that have been started as part of this year’s Tycoon in Schools. The standard has been particularly high this year with thousands of students taking part including expansion into primary schools for the very first time. Tycoon in Schools is central to Jones? stated aim to make enterprise a bigger part of UK schools? national curriculum. The competition has grown by 300 per cent since it was launched in 2012. According to a survey of schoolchildren that took part in Tycoon in Schools 2015, 70 per cent said they felt it had made them want to start their own business after leaving school.
ABOUT THE EXPERTFred Heritage
Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.