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FiFab Managing Director, John Penman takes part in Fife Dragons’ Den.

On Tuesday 2nd May, Primary School pupils from across Fife took part in a real-life experience of running their own social enterprise. Driven by social entrepreneurs, the programme delivered an impactful learning experience which helps the pupils realise their potential and discover what it feels like to pitch an idea.

Taking place at Carnegie Conference Centre, pupils from Fife schools had the opportunity to pitch their social enterprise idea to a panel of business leaders. John Penman, Managing Director of Fife Fabrications took part as one of the dragons to give the young entrepreneurs advice.

John, along with the other dragons were looking for ideas that were pupil led, fulfilled a social or environmental purpose, were sustainable and delivered via a clear and persuasive pitch.

The final results were
Balwearie Team Two – £100 Seed Money (Funded by Culture of Enterprise)

Torbain Primary School £100 Seed Money (Funded by Culture of Enterprise)

Balwearie Team One – £50 Seed Money (Funded by Fife College)

Dairsie Primary School – £50 Seed Money (Funded by Fife College)

Tulliallan Primary School – Agreement with Fife Fabrications for £50 funding to purchase new smoothie machine on receipt on a letter written by pupils.

All other groups also secured £50 seed money (Funded by Culture of Enterprise)

When discussing the event, John tells us,

“FiFab as a business is an avid supporter of the young people in our community and it is a passion of mine to support and nurture young talent, so it was a fantastic experience to be involved in this initiative. The eleven schools that took part were very impressive and all pupils were enthusiastic when delivering their pitches. Well done to Fife’s future business leaders!”

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