Young Enterprise day hones students’ business skills

Pocklington School Lower sixth business studentsLower Sixth Business students put their budding business skills into practice when they pitched their business plans to judges in a Dragons’ Den-style contest.

The 24 students from three classes were supported by OP Harry Coates (1997-2008) as they explored entrepreneurship, business skills and setting up companies, as part of a Young Enterprise day. 

Harry Coates told students how he progressed from Young Enterprise at Pocklington School to a First Class degree in Business, followed by an international company graduate scheme. He then moved back to Pocklington to join the family company, of which he is now a director.

The students then worked in groups to put together a pitch for funding from the ‘Dragons’ Den’ judges. They had to work through a costs and revenue document, marketing plan and then present their business plan to judges and face questions.

The winner was an IT support company name Shield IT. Student comments after the very productive day included: “Brilliant;" "Really enjoyed it;" and "made me want to set up my own company."