Budding businesses dare to step into the Dragon’s Den

Autism Plus hosts a Dragon Den style event at the Coleridge Resource Centre to advise those with the condition on setting-up their own businesses. Clients, from left, James Wardle, Paul Marsden and Mark Bury with their business plan
Autism Plus hosts a Dragon Den style event at the Coleridge Resource Centre to advise those with the condition on setting-up their own businesses. Clients, from left, James Wardle, Paul Marsden and Mark Bury with their business plan
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BUDDING businessmen and women braved a Dragon’s Den with a difference as part of a unique enterprise event designed to help people with disabilities into work.

Autism Plus hosted the Enterprise Day at its base in Tinsley Park Road, Attercliffe, offering people the chance to take part in workshops run by experts and pitch their ideas to business representatives.

The ‘dragons’ included Cees Zwaard of GoConsult, a former chief executive officer at Columbia Tri-star Home Video and local entrepreneurs Matt Holdsworth, who runs the Masterchef deli chain and Jayne Dore, from the Asperger Training Company.

The aim was to help people with disabilities to overcome the challenges they face when trying to find work and tackle statistics such as the fact that 85 per cent of people with autism are unemployed.

Participants took part in workshops where they received advice on planning and presenting their ideas.