Sixth Formers at Wymondham College were treated to an inspirational talk from Dragons’ Den winner Ross Mendham as part of the college’s student insight programme into the working world.

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Mr Mendham, who is managing director of Norwich-based Bare Naked Foods, secured investment from entrepreneur Peter Jones following a dramatic pitch in August.

He talked to the students at the college on Friday about how he established the Bare Naked Foods brand, his experience on Dragons’ Den and future plans for the company. He also gave practical advice via a questions and answer session to students who are considering entering the world of business.

He said: “It was an absolute honour to have the opportunity to speak to the enthusiastic and motivated students at Wymondham College about the story of Bare Naked Foods and my personal challenges along the way.

“The students were very keen to know about how I started up, the product development journey and future plans for the business. It was great to see that the main message of having the self belief and determination to succeed was resonating with so many young people and I hope it will help them make that next step in pursuing and achieving their own business goals. ”

Ken Glover, director of Sixth Form at Wymondham College, said: “Our Sixth Form Futures programme introduces our students to real-life work situations, so we were delighted that Ross was able to come and talk about the creation of Bare Naked Foods.

“He was extremely engaging and the students were greatly impressed by his entrepreneurship, perseverance and determination, as well as being intrigued to see his clip from Dragons’ Den which was a true feat of endurance.”

Have you got a story from the Wymondham area? Email lucy.wright@archant.co.uk

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