Pitching in the real 'den'

Directors from Tideway and its main contract partners came together to occupy the infamous chairs in the Dragons Den.

They were joined on the original set for the TV series Dragons Den by Adrian Bettridge, MD of Barringa Partners, management consultants working on the Tideway Project.  

Presenting to the ‘dragons’ were teams of young people taking part in the London Region’s Pitching Challenge; the second of three inter-school challenges in this year’s Community-Apprentice competition.

Tideway were well placed to give feedback to the young people.  They are the project deliverering a ‘super sewer’ for London to solve the problem of sewage spilling into the River Thames when it rains.  It’s a massive project, so they clearly know a thing or two about making a successful pitch!

Lucy Webster, External Affairs Director for Tideway said:

The environmental benefits of our project are obvious, but we also want to ensure a wider legacy in communities across London that will live on after we have built the tunnel.  Envision’s programme, which gives students employability and life skills, helps to do just that. I’ve been so inspired by what I have seen here and the obvious passion these young people have for improving the communities they live in. They deserve our investment.”

Fifth ‘dragon’ on the panel   Nick Rowland, Partnership Manager for the Careers and Enterprise Company was clearly impressed:

It’s obvious that it’s not just money Tideway is investing here. These young people have clearly picked up a lot of useful tips from the sessions they have been having with the mentors who have been volunteering their time to help them.  Community-Apprentice is a great example of how enterprise challenges can be a great vehicle for meaningful business engagement in education.”