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Taste of Spice first winners of the Wishford Enterprise Award

There is a buzz of excitement in Hatherop Castle’s spectacular ballroom as the budding entrepreneurs waited eagerly for the arrival of Dragons’ Den star Jordan Daykin. Upwards of 100 Year 6 pupils from around the Wishford Schools group had gathered for the annual Wishford Weekend, with the presentation to the winning entries in the Wishford Enterprise Award getting the weekend started. To much whooping and cheering, Jordan made his entrance, accompanied by his warm-up act, and former teacher, Stuart Morgan-Nash - now Headmaster of Wishford’s St Edward’s Prep School, Reading.

 
More than 20 teams from around the group had received start-up funding from Jordan of £50, and had developed their businesses and traded over a twenty-four hour period. Each team had then submitted their business plan and profit and loss account to Jordan, who spent several days working through them. “I was so impressed with the work that had gone into the plans, so I wanted to make sure I gave each one the consideration it deserved,” commented Jordan, adding “There were some really ingenious ideas amongst the plans and a real enthusiasm to learn and get involved.”
 
Back in the ballroom, Stuart is recapping Jordan’s career to date – starting his first business at the age of 12, Jordan then set up Grip It Fixings, and at the age of eighteen was the youngest ever to pitch successfully in the Dragons’ Den, securing an £80,000 investment from Deborah Meaden. Now aged 21, Jordan’s business is booming and was valued at £20 million in a recent crowdfunding. This certainly caught the children’s attention!
 
After some inspiring words about the value of hard work and self-belief, it is time for Jordan to announce the winners, selected for the level of effort and originality, as well as the financial success of the enterprise. Killer Cookies and Starstruk Productions are worthy runners-up, but the overall winner was Taste of Spice, from St Edward’s Prep. The boys had made and sold tasty snacks, but the clincher was the website they had designed and built, which allowed customers to pre-order in advance of their trading period, enabling them to judge the level of demand and so ensure they sold everything they produced and maximise their profit.
 
The children were all truly inspired by the experience and gained a valuable insight into the world of business and entrepreneurialism. Surely it won’t be many years before we see the first of them in the Den!