Tycoons in the making

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BUDDING young entrepreneurs from Bolsover School represented their county in a Dragons’ Den-style event which attracted 35 students from across the region.

They were challenged to pitch a new product for Chinese teenagers and they had the chance to learn some of the native language as well as find out about culture and business etiquette from native Mandarin speakers and export experts.

Bolsover students Shannon Ashley (14) and Natasha Williamson were part of the team pitching an oriental designer bag with British flag to the judges.

They faced tough questions from a panel of experts who know what makes a product successful in this country – and also what are the cultural no-nos.

The panel members were: Stuart Ferguson, from the China Britain Business Council, a Mandarin speaker who is based in the region; UK Trade & Investment manager Kay Marsden, who specialises in China; and Rob Grant, head of international development at Brooksby College, Leicestershire, where the event took place.

Judge Kay Marsden said: “The event was a great chance to continue celebrations of the Chinese New Year and give our future exporters to China a head start.”