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Business as usual for budding Herschel Grammar entrepreneurs

"It is an amazing project," says teacher Ashley Johnson

bizzyBudding entrepreneurs have once again embraced the ‘can do’ attitude of the enterprise scheme, creating everything from recycled denim ties to ‘hair chalk’.

“It is an amazing project,” teacher Ashley Johnson told the Express during a visit to the school on Thursday, January 9.

“I think the children can learn a lot from business, to know you can fail at something and then achieve.

“We find they can learn a lot from it and they develop as people.”

The scheme has been running for more than 10 years at the school in Northampton Avenue, Slough, with the level of interest increasing to such a level a Dragons’ Den-style competition was held in September.

It provided eager students who wanted to get involved in the scheme with a chance to pitch their ideas to ‘judges’, with the most successful six teams chosen to take part.

PE and law teacher Ashley is running the enterprise project for the first time this year but is no stranger to entrepreneurship, having had the experience of running his own tennis coaching business.

“I find business really exciting,” he said.

“We have had trouble whittling down to six teams. I am hoping we are going to do well.”

Each week, teams meet up after school as they work on designing, producing and then selling their products.

Among the list of business mentors from across the area who are helping the students fine tune their ideas is American businessman Mark Emanuelson.

He arrived in the country from California 13 years ago and has been involved with the Young Enterprise scheme at Herschel for the past three years.

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