Braes High School pupils to get pizza the pie

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A businessman is going back to school in a bid to help pupils become future entrepreneurs.

Graham Sneddon (47) will use his flourishing New York Pizza Company takeaway shop in Waggon Road, Brightons, as a model to teach young people at Braes High School how a business operates.

New York Pizza Company owner Graham Sneddon wants to teach young people how to run a business. Picture: Gary Hutchison (132450c)

New York Pizza Company owner Graham Sneddon wants to teach young people how to run a business. Picture: Gary Hutchison (132450c)

The shop, which has been open for just two months, is already a hit with customers who are loving the products he’s serving up.

Mr Sneddon said: “The response we’ve had has been absolutely phenomenal. I think people are buying into every concept we’re trying to do here.

“There isn’t a lot of opportunity for kids out there and I’ve had meetings with Braes High to bring the fourth and fifth years in here for business studies so they can learn, not just about making a good product, but researching markets.”

The father-of-two said he wants the company to be a community focused business bringing prosperity to the area it serves.

He added: “It’s a community business, that’s the plan, and I’m looking into new premises in Stenhousemuir just now. We’ve created eight jobs through the shop and every single person is indigenous to Brightons. That was part of my plan too.

“Compared to some pizzas on offer, I made my mine an inch bigger and cheaper. We’re not putting profits before product here.”

A spokesperson from the school’s business education group said: “Mr Sneddon has had a broad range of experience in different businesses and will, no doubt, inspire our pupils to perhaps think about ways they could set up their own businesses in the future.”