Students not Barking Mad as they enter Dragon’s Den

Tutor Sarah Armstead, winner Jon-Paul Beattie, Lee Dancy and runner-up Hannah Sloan.
Tutor Sarah Armstead, winner Jon-Paul Beattie, Lee Dancy and runner-up Hannah Sloan.

Students in Year 2 on the BTEC Level 3 business course at Lancaster & Morecambe College had the chance to pitch in a Dragon’s Den this week to local business owner Lee Dancy.

Lee is the owner of Barking Mad Ltd, a company offering a home from home dog holiday service. Having won countless awards and currently a finalist of the Inspirational Business Woman of the Year 2014, Lee has been inspirational to the students on the course.

For the Dragon’s Den the students had to come up with an idea and complete a full business plan including the research to get their ideas off the ground and then pitch their ideas to Lee who awarded them cash prizes.

The winner was Jon-Paul Beattie with his pitch for “Rent-a-Rod”. As there were so many excellent ideas, Lee decided to give two additional runner up prizes to Hannah Sloan for her pitch for “Lushy Slushy” and Katie O’Donaghue for “Lazy Lipstick”.

Programme area manager for hospitality, business and travel, Fiona Marroni, said: “We were delighted to have Lee Dancy involved in our students’ presentations for their Business planning unit.

“Presenting to a respected business owner brought a real challenge to the students and they all stepped up to the challenge. We would like to thank Lee for giving up her time and generously donating the prizes.”