Dragons take over Shropshire School


In February Sonya Wilson, Head of Careers at Haberdashers Adams, asked 8 Financial Planning to set her year 8 students the challenge of creating a business. 8 Financial Planning asked them to have sustainability at it’s core.

After 4 weeks of work on their business proposals, Rik and Isha shortlisted four business ideas. The students presented their pitches in full Dragons Den style on 19th March 2024, to Rikesh Bhatt and Isha Bhatt of 8 Financial Planning, Alex Stone of Chadstone Accountancy and Tax, Georgia Chadderton of Soul Create Limited and Sarah Milllington of Haberdashers Adams.


From 80 business plans, Buzz Tech Hives were the winners – 3D printed bee hives for all, to play their part in reducing the sharp decline in bee populations.


Rikesh Bhatt of 8 Financial Planning said “All the students did a fantastic job and the level of thought that went into the business plans was incredible. We would love to mentor the students should they wish to pursue their ideas”.

Isha of 8 Financial Planning said “They did absolutely amazing. To stand up in front of their peers and Dragons, and answer our questions so well is a testament to the school. The research and passion was so heartwarming to see. Well done to the winners team Buzz Tech Hives. 3D printed hives for all, with so much scope to have add on products and services to increase revenue. A brilliant effort - from idea to business plan to presenting”.


Rik and Isha continue to champion financial education around Shropshire Schools and look forward to meeting more students.