A Dragon’s Den style event organised by enterprise education charity Young Enterprise will be supported by Birmingham company Malthouse Engineering Co. Ltd.
The Young Enterprise Area Organising Board in Stafford and Stone created the event where Sixth Form students from schools in the area will pitch their ideas to a panel of dragons.
Taking place at the Stafford Gate House Theatre on December 13th, Malthouse Engineering’s Managing Director Dr Roy Taylor will be taking up the Dragon’s chair.
As one of the Dragons, Dr Taylor will be listening to the students pitch their ideas and providing feedback on their ideas and plans.
The judging panel is set to also include John Fisher, founder of Business for Breakfast, who will be chairing the Dragons, and members of the local council.
Stuart Walton, Area Board Chairman, said: "We are delighted to have Dr Roy Taylor involved in the Dragons Dens event this year.
“The time and effort of local business leaders and elected members of the council that goes into supporting Young Enterprise in the Stafford and Stone area is one of the main factors in our on-going success both regionally and nationally, and it is greatly appreciated by the Board and myself."
All competing teams of students involved in the process will be given feedback and guidance on their products and performance.
The winning team is eligible to compete at regional level and if successful could proceed to the National awards.
Young Enterprise is also holding European level awards in Venice and global awards in America.
The event is part of one of the programmes run by the charity which works to prepare young people for the world of work and entrepreneurship and reduce youth unemployment.
The Young Enterprise Company Programme offers Sixth Form students from across the country an opportunity to acquire real life experience of how to run a business and how to generate revenues for their companies by making and selling products.
Malthouse Engineering Co Ltd’s involvement in Young Enterprise has stemmed from Marketing Manager Mark Hayward’s involvement with the charity over the last 18 months as a Business Advisor.
Their involvement also reflects the company’s wider commitment to supporting young people in their education and enabling the acquisition of real life business experience.
Mr Hayward, who guided a team from Stafford Grammar School successfully through to the Young Enterprise regional finals last year said: “Malthouse Engineering is very dedicated to developing local students and to opening up the world of business to them.”
Since its establishment in 1947, Malthouse Engineering has become industry renowned for providing exemplary standards in steel profiling (flame cutting) services in the UK. Their wide range of material specifications and vast thickness range, alongside considerable steel profiling expertise has ensured their UK and Ireland customer base is provided with unparalleled service.