YOUNG business tycoons of the future from Felpham have had a brush with royalty and a TV dragon.
It was a regal occasion for George Yates, Toby Macer, Oliver Cooper, Freddie Faires, Edward Knight, Harry Hood, Myles King and Katie Linskey a group of sixth form students from Felpham Community College when they attended Buckingham Palace to receive their award for winning the national competition, Tycoon in Schools.
The competition, run by TV dragon Peter Jones has seen the students, known as 1stResponse@Felpham, not only come up with their own business model, but put their plan into action, make a profit, and more importantly help the whole community.
Their work saw them scoop the competition’s award for community engagement, recognising the Year 12 business studies students’ main aim of getting out into the community and, along with a trained paramedic, teaching first aid.
Paul Darbyshire, the college’s subject leader for business and vocational studies said: “The students have done a fantastic job of delivering first aid training to a large number of adults and children in the Felpham, Bognor Regis and Chichester areas.
“Their success is down to the hard work, passion and determination of the team to deliver quality first aid sessions and should be immensely proud of all that they have achieved.
“Everyone at the college, and the local community who supported the students, are proud of what they have accomplished. Well done.”
At the heart of the students’ ambitious plans was the aim to be the first aid hub for their community, offering a variety of training courses and personalised first aid sessions with the ultimate aim to raise funds to purchase a public defibrillator for the village.
This was the second time in a row students from the college have managed to plough ahead in the competition.
At the beginning of February, 1stResponse@Felpham received the exciting news they had been selected as one of four finalists in the nationwide enterprise competition.
They were then invited to attend an exclusive ceremony at Buckingham Palace last month.
This in itself was a huge achievement for the hardworking group as 12,500 students originally put forward their business ideas.
At the palace, the students met with the other competition winners and leading executives from the Peter Jones foundation.
They had the chance to network with the other winners and enjoy showcasing their service and initiative.
One of the highlights for the members of 1stResponse@Felpham was meeting HRH Prince Andrew, a patron of the Peter Jones Foundation and Peter Jones CBE.
Both said they were highly impressed with the group’s attitude, professionalism and business concepts.
Mr Jones then presented them with their award.
Student Katie Linskey said: “The day was a brilliant experience and one that I will never forget.
“Once we were in Buckingham Palace we were treated as royalty and to be able to explain our business idea and concept to both Peter Jones and the Duke of York was a fantastic opportunity and made me feel extremely proud of what we have achieved.”
The journey for 1stResponse@Felpham got underway last year when they pitched their business ideas to teachers at the college to be in with a chance to submit their business plans to the Peter Jones Foundation for consideration to receive a £1,000 start-up loan.
They were given a the business loan and had just four weeks to get their business moving.