Hospice to profit from student cash

A GROUP of student entrepreneurs has faced a Dragons' Den-style challenge and is planning to raise money for St Columba's Hospice with its business.

The students from Telford College were challenged to set up their own company and choose a product to buy and sell at profit. They chose a low-cost, high-quality design pair of headphones and pitched their business idea to a panel including Telford College principal Miles Dibsdall and businesswoman Linsay Given Black, who volunteers at the hospice.

After being granted 350 by the panel to buy 500 sets of headphones from China, they plan to sell them to fellow students from December 1, and half the profits will go to the hospice.

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Ms Given Black said: "St Columba's Hospice is a wonderful local charity and I've been involved with them for many years, so I'm thrilled that the students have decided to support them.

"Their decision to give back to their local community in this way is very impressive, and it shows the calibre of the business leaders that we can look forward to coming into the workforce in the future."