Milton Abbey School is “delighted” to announce that Annoushka Ducas, the co-founder of Links of London and more recently the jewellery brand Annoushka, will be its Entrepreneur in Residence for 2018/19.
Annoushka Ducas co-founded Links of London in 1990 with her husband, John Ayton. She said: “I have benefitted so much from the privilege and freedom of running my own business. It’s fantastic that Milton Abbey is working so hard to promote entrepreneurship ,and I have no doubt that their mentoring scheme will help to instil a real sense of confidence and self-belief into many budding entrepreneurs.”
Milton Abbey’s Entrepreneur in Residence scheme is now in its fifth year. It brings a successful business leader into the school to adjudicate in a Dragons Den-style competition, in which £500 of seed funding for a business idea has to be developed into a fully-fledged business proposition. Business surgeries with the entrepreneurs offer advice about strategic marketing, financing and pricing.
Headmaster, Magnus Bashaarat, said: “We are delighted that Annoushka Ducas has agreed to be our Entrepreneur in Residence for the coming year. Annoushka’s story cannot fail to inspire our budding entrepreneurs. In addition her energy, eye for business and design, together with an uncanny knack of understanding what consumers want, will be hugely beneficial for any of our pupils who are considering starting their own business.”