Students’ trial by ‘Dragons’ Den’ at Angus College


A GROUP of students who are undertaking the Robert Gordon University BA management studies course at Angus College put their entrepreneurial skills to the test last week in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ scenario.

As part of the new business project module, the students were required to develop and plan a business idea and present their idea to a panel of ‘Dragons’.

The three teams of students who entered the ‘Dragon’s Den’ had to impress the judges who included representatives from local businesses and experts on the subject of entrepreneurship.

This year’s panel was made up of Dr Heather Fulford, academic director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University; Anne Green, business manager of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Forfar; Lynda Paton, director of Montrose Rope & Sail Co Ltd.; and Simon Fraser, lecturer in entrepreneurship at Robert Gordon University.

Although the judges were impressed by all three presentations it was the group ‘Sweet Creations’ which won approval with their innovative alternative to giving flowers. The group devised a business which offers bouquets filled with chocolates and sweets instead of flowers, making the ideal gift for anyone with a sweet tooth.

The dragons said they were highly impressed with the presentation by ‘Sweet Creations’ made up of Denise Gibson, Margaret Granger and Hilary Wiggans. The team not only provided a comprehensive business plan but also included a sample of prototype candy bouquets for different occasions.

The group of students are the second cohort to undertake the Robert Gordon University BA Management Studies degree in partnership with Angus College. Successful students will graduate at HM Theatre Aberdeen in July.