Firm gives students a chance to eat dinner with the dragons

Theo Paphitis
Theo Paphitis

Secondary school children have been challenged to create a product that will save homeowners money on their energy bills - and win dinner with two dragons.

Renewable energy specialists Ploughcroft, of Brighouse, are looking for youngsters in Year 9 or older to come up with a renewable product.

The prize is an all expenses paid trip to London for a team of four pupils and their teacher to meet Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis at the Savoy Hotel in November.

The pair are partners in Ploughcroft’s business, after Managing Director Chris Hopkins secured investment from the two dragons last summer when he appeared on BBC TV’s Dragons Den.

Chris said: “We thought it would be a once in a lifetime chance prize for pupils to have dinner with the dragons and we have already had lots of interest from schools across the UK.”

“It’s really important that young people begin to think how they can help the environment and this challenge is all about raising their aspirations and demonstrating that there are some really exciting career opportunities to do this in the construction sector.”

All entries will be judged by Chris and his team of renewable experts and the finalists will then be asked to present their business idea to him in a ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch.

Any schools interested should contact Amanda Edwards on 01484 723344 for an information pack or email