Pupils wow dragons

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A GROUP of young entrepreneurs scooped a business-boosting £1,000 prize after impressing a panel of experts at a Dragons Den-style event.

Boutique La Salle, a business created by Year 9 and 10 pupils at De La Salle school, used recycled materials to create vintage themed gifts and treats to generate a 100 per cent profit margin.

They were crowned winners at the Helena Partnerships and St Helens Chamber’s Starship Enterprise event by Adam Corbally, star of BBC One’s The Apprentice, after wowing him and fellow “dragons” with their pitch.

Other finalists hailed from Cowley International College, St Cuthberts, St Augustine of Canterbury, Haydock High, Rainford High, Rainhill High and Sutton Academy.

Adam Corbally, who reached the final five on The Apprentice, said: “I was proud to be part of the Starship Enterprise competition and could feel the excitement in the air all day.

“The only part of the event that ran over was our dragons’ deliberation as we were so impressed with the quality of all the ideas.”

Liz Haworth, of Helena, said: “Boutique La Salle has a very marketable product range and presented their proposal extremely well with a good balance of creative, financial and marketing skills.

“We wish all the students who took part the best for the future and hope they are inspired to pursue entrepreneurial careers.”

Boutique La Salle bosses are now set to go head-to-head with winners from other regions in a national final at Old Trafford in May.