Business experts share experiences with pupils

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CAVENDISH School’s mini enterprise scheme was launched with a visit from four local business experts.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd (pictured), Chris Wardle, business manager of Lloyds, Martin Coles of accountancy firm Aequitas and Ian Smallwood from Lets Do Business attended and chatted to the youngsters.

More than 50 students took part in planning and forming their own business and the four experts kindly gave up their time to share their expertise and offer some practical advice for succeeding in business and preparing a business plan.

Headteacher Kenny Fitzpatrick said, “Enterprise week is a great motivational initiative that will inspire our students and provide them with an understanding of how businesses operate in the real world.“

Mini Enterprise concludes with the students pitching their business plans Dragons Den style, to bank manager Chris Wardle of Lloyds TSB, who then scored each business for its potential success.

Stephen Lloyd said, “I was delighted to support Cavendish School in its enterprise initiative.

“The students were very keen and I am sure there will be many future entrepreneur’s among them.”

Cavendish School has also paired up with national charity called Young Enterprise, which provides pupils with the opportunity to set up fully operational and profit generating business over a 12-month period.

All profits are used to secure their places on Cavendish School’s 2013 trip to Kenya.

Mr Fitzpatrick said, “Young Enterprise will provide the students with valuable work experience, new skills, increased knowledge, broaden their horizons and create future opportunities whilst continuing with their school studies.”