Over 250 business and IT students at The Blackpool Sixth Form College were treated to a very inspiring and thought-provoking talk from former BBC Dragons’ Den ‘dragon’ Piers Linney.
Piers spoke to students about his own experiences in law, business and his time on Dragons’ Den, and gave them advice and motivation for their future careers.
One of the messages Piers shared was that the students’ future is very much in their hands, saying, “The future is far more uncertain than it used to be and your future will depend on your ability to adapt, learn, re-skill and remain relevant.”
Piers said it is important to inspire the next generation and if his talk has helped just one person sitting in the crowd then it is worth it.
The talk was followed by a Q&A session where students were invited to ask Piers about his successes and experience in business so far. Students asked questions around what keeps Piers motivated throughout failure, and about some of the funnier pitches on Dragons’ Den.
Business teacher Danny Topping said, “I was absolutely delighted to have Piers come to Blackpool Sixth and share some amazing business insights. We all came away from his talk feeling inspired and I am sure the students will remember the occasion for many years to come. I am really grateful to Piers for giving up his time for us and with a bit of luck it would be great to see him here again next year!”
Student Sienna Mills said “After hearing Piers talk I now feel really motivated to start a business now, sooner rather than later.”