Big Cheese draws young apprentices

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Young people are queuing up to be hired in Spalding’s answer to The Young Apprentice.

The formidable Lord Sugar isn’t hosting The Big Cheese, but organisers hope it will be a perfect introduction to the business world for teenagers.

The Big Cheese at Springfields on Sunday, September 29 is part of a Family Enterprise Day put on by Foundations, a community interest company that runs training courses.

Another TV hit, Dragons’ Den, has inspired a separate competition, Make Your Pitch, and there will be a chance for families to have a go at running their own business in the Family Trading competition.

So far Spalding High School has signed up for The Big Cheese along with Army Cadets from Spalding, Holbeach, Long Sutton and Crowland.

Foundations managing director Lynda Phillips said: “More talented and inspirational young people are leaving school with fewer career options. 

“The Family Enterprise Day will promote entrepreneurship, but will also focus on bringing the family together to explore the opportunities of starting up a business.

“If you’ve got a couple of hours to spare come and join us on the 29th because you never know your idea for a business, together with the advice on offer and activities to take part in, could turn your plans for a business into a reality and it’s free.”

There will be entertainment on the day with Act II Theatre Group performing a spoof Alan Sugar documentary, Boston College will have a driving simulator and pit stop challenge competition, and there will be face-painting and a bouncy castle.

The event is sponsored by South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Bakkavor and Duncan and Toplis.

The deadline for entries is August 31.

For more information and to enter visit