STUDENTS from a school in Bournemouth have received a national award from one of the stars of Dragons’ Den.

Peter Jones CBE handed pupils from Avonbourne School the Outstanding Engagement with the Community award for the nationwide enterprise competition, Tycoon in Schools.

The team, 4k, who are selling Rastafarian-inspired wristbands in memory of their friend, Kyle Rees, impressed the entrepreneur with their business skills, generating great profits for charity from their original loan of seed funding.

Each team member had to work with their friends for just four weeks to trade their business and make as much profit as possible, with their original loan from the Peter Jones Foundation.

Peter Jones, said: “Although the team’s business concept was born out of a terrible tragedy, they have created something that has a positive impact and touch the hearts of the community.

“They have also raised a significant amount of money for the Southampton Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, where their friend was treated.

He said that he was thrilled that so many of the teams plan to continue trading their business, as it shows that this campaign has a real legacy.

“As a country, we need to do more to encourage enterprise and through this competition, I believe we can help nurture entrepreneurial talent from the earliest opportunity in schools.”