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Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants take part Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge 2016 in St Albans

Mercer & Hole Partner, Ross Lane is mentoring a team in the Dragons' Apprentice Challenge 2015, earning himself the title ‘dragon’.

The Dragons' Apprentice is a competition run by the Centre for Voluntary Services (CVS) and links Year 12 students from schools and colleges with local businesses and charities or community organisations. Now in its 7th year, the initiative challenges teams made up of six young entrepreneurs to turn £100 into £1000 or more for their designated benefactor, with the guidance of their appointed dragon. The competition, which began in St Albans and Harpenden, has been rolled out across Hertfordshire and beyond, such is its success. So far, over 900 young people have taken up the challenge which has resulted in over £289,000 being raised for 155 Hertfordshire-based good causes.

Ross will be mentoring a group of students from St Albans Girls School who have been allocated the charity, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), who offer practical and emotional support to those affected by sight loss. Ross’ role will be to provide advice and access to resources to help his team, achieve their business objectives and reach their financial target by the 31 January deadline.

Speaking of his involvement, Ross said “The Dragons' Apprentice Challenge provides a great platform for the business leaders of tomorrow to demonstrate and grow their creativity, organisational, communication and wider business skills. Speaking as an employer, I see academic studies combined with true business experience as vital.  It is also important that businesses support their local communities, and for the students taking part in this challenge, the opportunity to learn about the charities and causes this initiative supports, whilst honing practical business skills is an invaluable opportunity. The fact that the challenge also raises so much money for a wide range of charities and community organisations makes it a real winning formula. I am really excited to be involved and look forward to witnessing the next generation of successful business leaders at work!”

This year, teams taking part in the St Albans challenge include, Loreto College, Oaklands College, Samuel Ryder Academy, Sir John Lawes School, St Albans Girls’ School and St Columba’s College. Between them, they will also be raising funds for Carers in Hertfordshire, National Childbirth Trust St Albans and District, Special Olympics St Albans, St Albans & District Talking Newspaper, St Albans & Harpenden Volunteer Police Cadets, The Abbeyfield Society, Verulam Community Radio and Volunteer Centre St Albans.



Date: 20th October, 2015
Author: Mercer & Hole Media


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