Enter the dragons at Oracle

Geoff Reeves and Coun Chris Maughan at the Oracle.

Geoff Reeves and Coun Chris Maughan at the Oracle.

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Tomorrow is the big day for would-be entrepreneurs hoping to win the Oracle Young Enterprise Challenge.

The competition which aims to encourage youngsters to set up in business for themselves is at the final stage. One budding Richard Branson will scoop £1,000, plus six months free office space at the Oracle on St Annes Road.

All they have to do is pitch their business plan to a Dragon’s Den style panel which includes Peter Legg, Mike Taplin and Coun Chris Maughan.

The competition, being run by Blackpool Council’s Get Started scheme and the Oracle, attracted great interest and dozens of entrants have been whittled down to nine finalists.

Coun Chris Maughan, Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “We have seen some fantastic ideas from the people involved, who have shown a genuine spark for business that will suit them well for the future.” Geoff Reeves, Small Business Adviser at Blackpool Council, said: “The standard has been immense, with the level of research, planning and commitment, demonstrated by all participants showing the depth of young entrepreneurial talent that Blackpool has on offer.

“At a time when many hide under the duvet, these young people have worked tirelessly to follow their dream! All will succeed and go on to open a business, such is the passion displayed”

All entrants have been offered mentoring through the Get Started scheme to realise their dream.