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Charlie Bigham Online Guest Lecture

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Current and prospective parents, Friends of Milton Abbey and others with an interest in business are invited to join us on Thursday 11 June at 6pm for a fascinating talk with Charlie Bigham, founder of the self-titled luxury prepared meals brand.

As our Entrepreneur in Residence this year, Charlie is kindly spending the afternoon giving advice to our student finalists for this year's competition and helping us choose the winner. His evening guest lecture is open to all and will feature questions posed by our students.

Please click here to register for the event and to receive a link an hour before it starts.

More about Entrepreneurship at Milton Abbey

Milton Abbey has a unique culture of nurturing and encouraging entrepreneurial talent within pupils. This has seen many members of our alumni become highly successful in self-employment.

In celebration of this special culture we introduced the ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ scheme in 2014 – an annual project which gives Milton Abbey’s entrepreneurial pupils support and guidance to develop their small business ideas.

Those pupils who wish to take part are tasked with preparing a business plan for their idea, which they then present to a business panel. Following an interview, successful candidates are handed £500 as a start-up investment which they must use to launch and grow their businesses before reporting back later in the term. The winner of the competition will be the candidate who has shown the greatest growth and development of their business in the allotted time, and they are presented with a cheque for £2,000 to progress their business idea.

Each year the ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ competition is fronted by an iconic figure in business who visits the School to deliver a talk and also conducts one-to-one business surgeries with each of the candidates.

British fashion designer Anya Hindmarch MBE fronted and launched our 2014 competition, followed by Cath Kidston MBE in 2014/2015, Johnnie Boden in 2015/2016, David Ross (Carphone Warehouse) in 2016/2017, Nick Wheeler (Founder and Chairman of Charles Tyrwhitt) in 2017/18, and Annoushka Ducas MBE, the co-founder of Links of London and more recently the jewellery brand Annoushka, in 2019/20. Charie Bigham, of the self-titled Bigham's luxury prepared meals brand, is our current resident for 2020/21.