BUDDING entrepreneurs from the John Fisher School will have the chance later this month to pitch their ideas for a new health drink to a panel of tycoons worth an estimated £300 million.
Don McCarthy, chairman of House of Fraser; Tony Purnell, former F1 chief of Redbull; and Katherine Merry, Olympic bronze medallist, will scrutinise the boys' ideas minutely and offer trenchant and valuable business advice.
Mr Andrew Dean, head of business, economics and enterprise at the school, is excited by the event which will highlight the importance the school puts on being enterprising.
He said: "The Young Apprentice series has been a real success, capturing the imagination of the boys and encouraging them to be enterprising." He added that the winners would receive "fantastic" prizes.
The event, on Thursday, February 7 at 7pm in the School Hall on Peaks Hill, Purley is free and open to the public.
There will be a leaving collection for a charity supported by the school: 'Love in a Box'.
Mr Dean said: "The boys will have access to some of the most successful and competitive business talent in the country as well as being in with a chance to win some of the most fantastic prizes the school has ever offered."