Nelson business student gets backing from Dragons' Den star

Ameena Bibi has won backing from Dragons' Den star Peter Jones (inset).

Ameena Bibi has won backing from Dragons' Den star Peter Jones (inset).

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

A BUSINESS student at Nelson and Colne College has secured funding from a Dragons’ Den star to run her own business.

Ameena Bibi will be given £1,000 to launch Occasions by Ameena, and trade it for four weeks, making as much profit as possible.

The money has come from the Tycoon in Schools scheme, which is being backed by Peter Jones from the TV series.

To secure the funding, Ameena had to write about her business which manufactures and sells home-made candles and other accessories, decorated with henna.

She said: “Taking part in the Tycoon in Schools project has been really exciting.

“I have always wanted to run my own business, but never thought I’d have an opportunity to do so whilst still at college.

“It’s been really enjoyable and I’ve had so much support and encouragement from my tutor, Justine.

“I have lots of open events and fairs booked in to sell more of my products and will be visiting local independent stores to see if they will sell my candles during November.

“I am really determined to do well in the competition as it’s such a great opportunity for me before I start my degree in business next year.”

Justine Thatcher, section leader for business at the college, said: “Ameena is a hard working business and accounts student who has demonstrated tremendous entrepreneurial flair over recent months.

“She had an initial idea to begin this small enterprise and the backing from Peter Jones has made her idea become reality.”

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