Bearsden businessman prepares to enter the Dragon’s Den

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A Bearsden businessman is hoping he can slay the fearsome television Dragons - by cutting them right down to size.

Millions will see Kieran Cannon enter the Dragon’s Den on Sunday night as he pitches his innovative business idea to the multi-millionaire panel of Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden, Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney.

Kieran (22) is the founder of My Lookalike Doll - a company which makes children’s dolls tailored to look like their owner.

He decided to apply to appear on Dragon’s Den on a whim - and, after months of rigorous testing by the show’s research team, he makes his appearance this weekend.

Kieran, a fomer pupil of Killermont Primary and Boclair Academy, was unable to divulge what happened when he spoke to the Herald - but revealed he brought along doll-sized likenesses of Meaden and Linny in an attempt to win them over.

And the dolls have taken on a life of their own - as they are due to feature, along with the Dragon’s Den crew, on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man programme in the next few weeks.

Kieran said: “This is an exciting time for the company and everyone involved. Recently, it was announced that My Lookalike Doll will be stocked and sold in the world’s largest toystore, Hamleys, both in Glasgow and Dublin in the lead up to this year’s Christmas rush.

“This sort of exposure and coverage can only be positive and reassuring for Scottish businesses.”

Kieran had the idea for My Lookalike Doll after his sister Khyra was given a lookalike toy called American Girl as a birthday present.

He found out that the company only operates in the US and saw a gap in the market - he even went to China and tracked down the maker of the original doll moulds for his venture.

Now, he says, things are really taking off, after starting the company up in 2011.

He said: “Within our first year of trading we have achieved what many businesses with bigger budgets and better contacts aim to achieve over decades.”