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Pupils from 16 secondary schools in North Lanarkshire have come face-to-face with leading entrepreneurs in a bid to win the prestigious Dragon’s Lair Award. 

Now in its sixth year, the competition, which is backed by UKSE, is organised by North Lanarkshire Council in conjunction with Business Gateway. The aim of the initiative is to encourage young people to start thinking about business and arm them with the skills and knowledge they need for the future.

Teams of S3 pupils from across North Lanarkshire have faced the Dragons at an information day, held at Business Gateway’s Atrium Business Centre in Coatbridge, where they received advice and feedback on their business ideas.

Scott Webb, regional executive at UKSE is one of five local businessmen and women who have taken on the role of the Dragon. He will be responsible for advising, and ultimately scoring, the budding entrepreneurs throughout the competition.

Following the initial feedback, the pupils will now be tasked with refining their business plans before six finalists are chosen to enter the Dragon’s Lair. The final will take place on 15 November, when teams will pitch their ideas to the panel of Dragons before the winner is announced.

Scott Webb, regional executive at UKSE, said; “Supporting young people to develop their entrepreneurial skills is the cornerstone of UKSE activity in the region. Each of the pupils demonstrated great enthusiasm for the initiative and I have already heard about some fantastic ideas. The competition this year is going to be tough and I wish all those taking part the very best of luck.”