Pendle young entrepreneur makes candle for Prince Andrew's office

Dragon’s Den’s Peter Jones, the Duke of York, stall helpers Irham Sajid and Aneesa Riaz, and Ameena Bibi at Buckingham Palace where Ameena received the Tycoon in Schools Award for her bespoke candles

Dragon’s Den’s Peter Jones, the Duke of York, stall helpers Irham Sajid and Aneesa Riaz, and Ameena Bibi at Buckingham Palace where Ameena received the Tycoon in Schools Award for her bespoke candles

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by

A CANDLE created by a budding tycoon from Pendle has taken pride of place in the office of Prince Andrew.

Ameena Bibi, 18, whose company, Occasions by Ameena, makes and sells bespoke candles and other products, won the Tycoon in Schools Award for Sustainability after impressing Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones.

Ameena, a student at Nelson and Colne College, travelled to Buckingham Palace to collect her award. She said: “I can’t even come up with a word to describe how good the day was – amazing doesn’t even come close!

“We had the best time and it was fantastic to meet the other competitors and see their projects.

“Some of the businesses were fantastic and to think that mine was considered to be on par with them was incredible.

“Peter Jones said he thought my candles would sell really well in stores like Lush, while Prince Andrew mentioned me in his speech. Plus, the royal aide said that the candle I gave Prince Andrew when he visited the college was kept in the Prince’s office.”

Ameena’s friends, Aneesa Riaz and Irham Sajid, who helped on her stall at markets, and her business studies tutor and mentor Justine Thatcher, accompanied to London for the presentation.

Her tutor said: “This competition has transformed Ameena; she is bursting with confidence, energy and drive.

“She took a hobby and built it into a profitable business which has been recognised by Peter Jones as a sustainable business venture.”

Mr Jones said: “This business has a huge potential not only locally but within other retailers and market fairs where these types of products are in great demand.”

Ameena beat off competition from more than 112 teams to win her award.

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5:46pm Sun 17 Feb 13

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What a fraud! the candles are not home made as i have seen them with henna on in shops, before she even started selling them. It is not a genius idea as i have seen them in 'Tayyab Store' Burnley. I also used them for my sisters wedding in 2010. how do we know that they werent purchased from a shop that have been selling them for the past years. i dont think it is fair that she won for a idea that is really old. people dont want something that is going to smell when the candle is lit!!!!
What a fraud! the candles are not home made as i have seen them with henna on in shops, before she even started selling them. It is not a genius idea as i have seen them in 'Tayyab Store' Burnley. I also used them for my sisters wedding in 2010. how do we know that they werent purchased from a shop that have been selling them for the past years. i dont think it is fair that she won for a idea that is really old. people dont want something that is going to smell when the candle is lit!!!! Like it or Hate it
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5:48pm Sun 17 Feb 13

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meeting prince andrew is like meeting prince charles! only we know who charles is. whos this guy?? prince charles cousin? Or princess kates uncle?? im a bit confused guys!
meeting prince andrew is like meeting prince charles! only we know who charles is. whos this guy?? prince charles cousin? Or princess kates uncle?? im a bit confused guys! Like it or Hate it
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5:48pm Thu 21 Feb 13

aleevio says...

Complete tosh! Candles? Snot gonna set the world a-light is it! I'd check whats inside em if they smell funny!
Complete tosh! Candles? Snot gonna set the world a-light is it! I'd check whats inside em if they smell funny! aleevio
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