Schoolchildren encouraged to start their own business

According to research, 81% of kids want to run their own company. So it’s no surprise, then that Thomson Local, the UK local search company has today announced its ?Build a Business? scheme for schools, which gives kids a chance to set up a business to benefit their local community.

The initiative is being launched as new research reveals that 81% of kids aspire to run their own business and, with the new season of The Apprentice about to get underway, Sir Alan Sugar tops the list as most admired businessman with 17% of votes polled. Sir Alan polled almost twice as many votes as his nearest rival, Bill Gates, while Virgin boss Richard Branson came a close third with 8% of the votes. 12% of respondents said that a family member was the businessman/woman they most admired.

Schools around the country are being invited to submit proposals for a business that will add value to their local community. Thomson Local will then shortlist 50 schools who will each receive a ?100 bursary to help them bring their business to life for a hands-on enterprise experience.

Each school will have access to a local business ?hero? who will mentor and advise students on their business. In addition, Thomson Local will help each school build a website for their business and showcase the students? work on a dedicated microsite.

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