Record number of students take up regional business
A record number of students from across the region will battle
it out against each other when the Swansea Bay Young Business
Dragons competition returns for its 2nd year.
40 schools from across Neath Port Talbot,
Swansea and Carmarthenshire have signed up to take part, an
increase of 29% on last year’s pilot event.
The competition, organised by Swansea Bay
Partnership and sponsored by Wales & West Utilities, will see
students embarking on a 6 month programme that aims to inspire them
to become future entrepreneurs.
Last year’s winning team, teachers, sponsors,
mentors and supporters gathered at the Grape & Olive Swansea
last Friday where Siany from 96.4FM the Wave helped to officially
launch the 2012 competition.
The event is challenging teams of 14-15 year
olds to create and develop a business idea around the theme of UK
School teams will compete in an inter-school
round, area semi-finals and a regional final. Over 50 local
businesses have volunteered their time to mentor and share their
experiences with students.
Caroline Rees of Rees Marketing, commented at
the launch: “It was an easy decision for me to take up the offer of
mentoring a school. It is such a worth while event and I am
thrilled to be able to play an active role in young people’s
professional and personal development. I am really looking
forward to working with the students. I hope I can inspire
them during the challenge to maybe one day running their own
The competition will conclude during
Enterprise Week in November with a Dragons Den-style final when 6
short-listed teams will pitch their business ideas to a judging
panel of local business experts.
The winning school team will scoop £1,000 and
the title of Swansea Bay Business Dragons 2012.
Graham Edwards, Wales & West Utilities
Chief Executive, said: “Supporting young people and recognising
their tremendous potential is part of our ethos as a
company. We are proud to be once again involved in this
event, and to be supporting so many students from across the
region. The competition represents an exciting opportunity
for students to develop an understanding of business and
entrepreneurship. On behalf of Wales & West Utilities I
would like to wish everyone the best of luck.”
Other business sponsors include Carillion and
Derwen with regional station 96.4FM The Wave supporting the event
once again as Media Partners.
The competition is being organised by the
Swansea Bay Partnership in association with Careers
Wales. For further information on the event visit
www.swanseabaypartnership.com or contact
Sarah Toomey, Swansea Bay Partnership Event Coordinator on 01792