Insight article

Shooting with a dragon

I was delighted to shoot in the only all-girls team yesterday at Peter Jones’ Fourth Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot in aid of the Peter Jones Foundation at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School as a guest of leading executive search firm Taylor Bennett.  Heather McGregor, MD of Taylor Bennett and who also masquerades as the FT columnist Mrs Moneypenny, is a great shot and much fun to be with, as were the rest of the team.  We came 4th out of 23 teams – no mean feat with some pretty daunting stands and high, fast birds and some equally competitive gents to contend with!  But I digress…

Peter Jones – famous for his role as a Dragons Den investor – has set up the National Enterprise Academy – opening in September 2009 – which aims to encourage entrepreneurial activity amongst young people by providing them with the skills and confidence to aim higher and be more successful, working to unlock talent amongst disadvantaged young people.  The Academy will deliver the UK’s first accredited qualification in enterprise and entrepreneurship.   Peter’s vision is for this centre of excellence to become the ‘beating heart of enterprise across England’, pulling together all the strands of other enterprise organisations and developing a unique curriculum that can be rolled out nationwide.

More can be found at the Foundation’s website.  It is a truly inspirational concept which, coming from a group of entrepreneurs in our own organisation, I most wholeheartedly support.

Nailia Tasseel