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Rothmans does Dragons' Den

Andy Spencer from Rothmans’ Havant office has been experiencing life as a dragon – apart from the jet-set lifestyle and bundles of cash at his fingertips!

Rothmans has continued its support for the University of Portsmouth Centre for Enterprise’s PIPEline programme, which has just completed its second cycle for 2010. PIPEline is an intensive short programme established to support idea-stage entrepreneurs, encouraging participants first to look at their own skills and creativity, then gain guidance from experts to help move their ideas forward culminating in a final one-day Dragons’ Den style pitching event. Andy was one of the judging panel and has since started working with some of the finalists to help them with commercial and financial aspects of their business ideas.

Andy commented “The PIPEline programme was piloted earlier this year to encourage graduates in the Hampshire region to further their knowledge in order to help them start their own business.  Some of the business ideas that have come out of the programme have been fantastic and I am delighted we have been able to encourage these young entrepreneurs to get their ideas off of the ground.


As well as cash prizes from sponsors, participants were able to access support and specialist skills from a variety of business support specialists, including Rothmans. The final day of PIPEline was a great success with all of the pitches being of an exceptional quality.


As a firm we have experience of a vast number of businesses, in every stage of development and in a wide range of sectors. This is just one of the ways we use that experience to help businesses grow and develop.