BUDDING entrepreneurs at Biggar Primary are hoping their new business venture will impress Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones.

The P5 children are currently going head-to-head with more than 2,000 youngsters across the country in Tycoon in Schools competition, which is run by the multi-millionaire.

Earlier this year, the 31 pupils launched their business Rocking Readers, which provides second-hand books to adults and children, and the group have been trading since October.

They received £100 in funding from the Telecom magnate to kick-start their idea and are now in their final week of trading. Heather Graham, the school’s headteacher said: “We are incredibly proud of the entrepreneurial spirit shown by our young students in coming up with their business idea for the Tycoon in Schools competition. 

“Inspiring and educating children about business from an early age is really important to help them develop enterprise skills and confidence to broaden their horizons. Working with a well-known entrepreneur like Peter Jones is a brilliant way to engage young people in business.”

Tycoon in Schools was started by Mr Jones in 2012, as part of his campaign to foster a start-up culture. 

Since the competition launched, over 1,600 new businesses have been created with thousands benefitting from more than £375,000 in Tycoon in Schools start-up loans.

Mr Jones said: “I am thrilled that Biggar Primary is taking part this year’s Tycoon in Schools competition which is providing schoolchildren across the country with their first taste of enterprise.

“I am very excited to see the innovative and creative business ideas come to fruition and wish all students participating from Biggar Primary the very best of luck.”