Thursday, March 01, 2007

Contemplating the Dragons' Den

More women in business today and a meeting with one of the most successful businesswomen I know – Mia Drennan from Square Mile Connections. She has previously featured on this blog here for those who missed it the first time!

Besides the obligatory interview for the forthcoming feature in the Newbury Business News we were discussing public relations ideas and exploring further her idea to run a Dragons' Den-esque event at the high achieving Kendrick School for girls in Reading.

I will be joining Mia at the school next week during their Business Enterprise Week when the Dragons idea will be pitched to the girls. Then in May we shall return once more – a panel of most likely all female dragons – to listen to their business ideas and just like the show on BBC2, the dragons who invest will be advisors to those enterprises and follow them through.

It will no doubt prove inspirational, but it also should net some considerable interest from the media, which it will be down to Morgan PR to capitalise on. Personally I should be the host for the event, an imitation of presenter Evan Davis and no doubt constantly reminding everyone: "remember, if they don't get all the money they ask for, then they leave the den empty handed" - just in case anyone forgets!

Mia, Nicola Ogsten – Square Mile’s employment guru - and I then decamped to the nearby King Charles Tavern; affectionately know as the KC, for lunch. Very nice it was too – to think there was a time when the smell of spilt lager and stale sweat would emanate from this pub, and now it is the fragrance of world cuisine and oaked Chardonnay.

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