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Milton Abbey Entrepreneurs

Milton Abbey has a unique historic culture of nurturing and encouraging entrepreneurial talent within pupils and this has seen many members of our alumni go on to forge highly successful careers in self-employment.

In celebration of this special culture we introduced the ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ scheme in 2014 – an annual project which gives Milton Abbey’s entrepreneurial pupils support and guidance to develop their small business ideas.  Those pupils who wish to take part are tasked with preparing a business plan for their idea which they then present to a business panel.  Following an interview, successful candidates are handed £100 as a start-up investment which they must use to launch and grow their businesses before reporting back later in the term. 

The winner of the competition will be the candidate who has shown the greatest growth and development of their business in the allotted time, and they are presented with a cheque for £2,000.

Each year the ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ competition is fronted by an iconic figure in business who visits the School to deliver a talk and also conducts one-to-one business surgery sessions with each of the candidates.  British fashion designer Anya Hindmarch MBE fronted and launched our 2014 competition, followed by Cath Kidston MBE in 2014/2015,  Johnnie Boden in 2015/2016, David Ross (Carphone Warehouse) in 2016/2017, and this year Nick Wheeler, Founder and Chairman of Charles Tyrwhitt.