Schoolkids enter the Dragons’ Den

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Pall-Ex chief Hilary Devey and Leicestershire County Council have teamed up to host their own version of Dragons’ Den.

Five schools from across North West Leicestershire have been invited to the Pall-Ex  hub at Ellistown to take part in the event.

The Pall-Ex Dragons’ Den was thought up to help highlight Leicestershire County Council’s Star Travel Scheme, which hopes to reduce the number of car journeys during school runs by promoting other ways of getting safely to the school gates.

Each team will pitch an idea of more active forms of travel, such as walking, cycling or scooting, to the panel of Dragons, made up of representatives from both Pall-Ex and the council’s Travel Choice and Access Team.

The two pupils that the panel feel presented the best idea will receive a Kindle ebook reader each from Pall-Ex, as well as their school receiving a £500 grant.

“When I first heard about the Star Travel Scheme, I was keen to get involved, said Devey.

“As a business, Pall-Ex is designed to reduce the number of lorries on the road and lessen the impact on the environment, so our goals are quite similar.”

Pupils will also get a guided tour of Pall-Ex’s 267,000 sq ft hub as well as a chance to hear from Hilary’s team, about how she went from selling her house and car to raise enough money to launch Pall-Ex, and become known as one of the country’s best business figures.

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