Fashionista Wins Dragons Den

Winner of the Gold award certificate, plus a cash prize of £200 and trophy presentation at annual College Awards Evening, was Almaas Malik. The former Hall Green School student produced a business plan for a company called Al’Mawad’, which sold Islamic fashion clothing and accessories.

Dragon's Den 2019

Business & Law Curriculum Leader Mike Albanese commented:

“Almaas really wowed the Dragons with the way she confidently presented her business proposal. Her business name means “Preserve your Beauty, Preserve your faith”, which was used by Almaas as a important thread throughout her presentation. More than one Dragon commented afterwards, that Almaas should really consider pursuing this business, and that it could prove highly investable.”

Fellow BTEC Business student Emily Johansson was the Silver award winner and her prize included a cash prize of £100. Her business idea was to set up ECO Solutions, a plastic-free grocery store.

The joint Bronze award (plus a cash prize of £50 each) was given to Priyanka Pankhania and Talhar Khotlar. Priyanka’s business plan was for Veganology, a vegan desert parlour, while Talhar pitched for Pegasus Gaming, which aimed to build bespoke gaming PC’s.

Mike Albanese added:

“All the finalists did an exceptional job and can all feel very proud of their achievement in reaching the final.

“I must also thank Bernard from Key Construction and Jim from West Hart Partnership for sponsoring this event again and for taking time out to judge the competition. They have been involved in this project for a number of years now and it is one of the highlights of the year in the Business department.”

29 April 2019