Superior, a Dorset-based manufacturer of high integrity o-rings and seals, is participating in the Young Enterprise Dragons’ Den event next month.

The Dragons’ Den event takes place on Tuesday February 7 at Poole Grammar School, organised by Young Enterprise as part of its flagship programme, enabling young people to set up their own business and learn about enterprise.

Katie Bodman, head of training academy at Superior is one of seven judges at the event, at which students will be given the opportunity to present in front of a live public audience, pitching business plans with the hope of winning a £50 investment for their company. Judges will then have the chance to ask additional questions before choosing which company to invest in.

Katie commented: “It is a privilege to be asked to attend the Young Enterprise Dragons’ Den event and I am looking forward to meeting some exceptional young people with professional and creative ideas.”

Sue Tattersall, young enterprise south west manager, said: “We are thrilled to have Superior on board as one of the seven judges. We are always on the lookout for Dorset Young Enterprise support – if you think you can help, please contact [email protected].”

Superior has its own company-run Academy, offering apprenticeships to students from as young as 16, through to graduates, giving apprentices the chance to learn about engineering, science and manufacturing. The Academy currently has 20 apprentices, with students working in various roles that include design, manufacturing, maintenance, quality, process engineering, precision engineering and working in the laboratory.

The Academy was opened by the Duke of Kent and the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset in 2012 and has since gone from strength to strength. Manging director Tim Brown was awarded an MBE in 2015 for the company’s commitment to apprenticeships and charitable services.

Working closely in conjunction with local schools and colleges, Superior’s aim is to get students of all ages interested in science and engineering. For more information about the Academy, visit www.superiorltd.com/academy