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Lawyers welcome school pupils into the dragon’s den
Article date: 15/05/2013
School children at Hall Green School in Birmingham have found out what it's like to appear in front of a real Dragon's Den of business specialists thanks to Birmingham Future and trainee lawyers from Higgs & Sons.
The academy school pupils spent a day with young trainee lawyers from the Black Country law firm, first learning about the world of business in the morning and then creating their own companies in the afternoon before pitching to the Dragon's Den panel.
Rachel Seaton, a trainee at Higgs & Sons is a member of Birmingham Future, a group, which provides a platform for the city's young professionals to become business leaders. She helped to organise the event with Mike Horsfield, a tutor at Hall Green School.
Rachel said: "The day was fun, but also had a serious message for the children. In the afternoon they had to create a new product within the perfume or sunglasses market. They then had to pitch these ideas to our panel to see if we would be willing to invest."
Mike Horsfield said his pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day: "Business plays an extremely important role within our local community and further afield. Holding events like this introduces the pupils to business in a fun way, but also gives them ambitions for the future."
Rachel and her team now intend to take the initiative to other schools in the region.
Higgs & Sons works from two offices in the Black Country - Waterfront Business Park in Brierley Hill and Kingswinford. The firm employs over 200 people, which includes more than 100 specialist lawyers.
Picture shows from left to right: Tim Swallow, Jo Walker and Rachel Seaton from Higgs with Fiaz Chugtai, Hasan Ali, Kheezer Mahmood, Wasim Akram, Ghulaam Ellahi and Keiron McCabe from Hall Green School.