Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne launches enterprise contest in Bearsden

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Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne helped kick-off a national enterprise competition at Castlehill Primary School.

The Scottish entrepreneur was at the Bearsden school and rolled his sleeves up to take part in a car wash to launch the UK’s first ever Tenner Relay which will see a £10 note travel Britain and challenge schools to turn £10 into more money by doing something creative and enterprising.

The relay marks the start of this year’s Tenner Challenge - Britain’s biggest nationwide enterprise competition for young people which runs for the whole of next month.

The Castlehill pupils also set up a tuckshop and bought sponges, foam wash, paper, squash and biscuits with their £10 and charged motorists £2.50 to wash a car. Profits go to Cancer Research.

Abagael McGoldrick (11), said: “It was such an exciting day and I think that we have chosen a great cause to raise money for.”

Mr Bannatyne, who offered the youngsters some business advice, added: “Tenner is a wonderful idea. I’m a firm believer that children should be introduced to business enterprise at a very young age.

“Giving children the opportunity to do something creative and allowing them to experience how a sum of money can be made larger is something the education system lacks.”

Depute head Lesley McLean said: “Children are developing lifelong skills and gaining an insight into what is involved in starting up a small business.”

Councillor Eric Gotts, East Dunbartonshire’s education convener, said: “We’re delighted to host this launch event at Castlehill Primary. There is great enthusiasm at the school for the challenges ahead and I wish them all the very best.”

The school thanked Asda Bearsden for providing equipment for the car wash.