Dragons' Den style competition for those with learning disabilities
A DRAGONS' Den style competition for those with learning disabilities will be taking place in Gloucester tomorrow.
The Dragon's Apprentice challenge will see those with disabilities come up with a business, which could create work opportunities for others suffering from the same conditions.
Just six per cent of people with a learning disability are in paid employment, compared to 48 per cent of disabled people and 77 per cent of the working age population.
Gloucestershire County Council has been working with people across the county on their ideas and the best four will be pitched to a team of panellists tomorrow at the Guildhall.
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Panellists include Mark Owen, chairman of the Gloucester branch of the Federation of Small Businesses and Moose PR and Marketing, Stuart Conlon from the 2gether Trust, Martin Davies, chief executive of the Pluss Organisation and Gloucestershire Echo editor, Kevan Blackadder.
Mr Davies said: "I'm really pleased to be involved in such a great initiative.
"Pluss employs many people with learning disabilities and supports hundreds of others into work each year, so we recognise what great potential people have.
"It's great to take part in something that will both raise the profile and provide support at the same time.
"I'm looking forward to learning more about all the ideas people have."