TWO mums have found themselves favour – with a star from the Dragons' Den TV show.

Vanessa McDermott and April Prendergast, who are both from Edgworth, have both started up businesses focused on children and won Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday accolade.

April founded Prenderland Books which provides ideas to inspire children to read and have more fun with books.

She came up with the inspiring idea when her daughter Rosie was just 18-months-old.

April said: “I was clearing the book shelf and she had so many books at just 18-months of age.

“I started to think about book swaps and I have loads of friends with children and I never thought to swap.”

After going on to organise a few swaps among friends she launched Prenderland Books online to help parents organise their own book swaps.

Little Rosie, now aged two, even has a starring role as one of the mascots, Rosie the Raccoon.

Veemcdee was founded by Vanessa McDermott who specialises in creative play for children.

As well as opening a basement room in The Barlow, Bolton Road, as a young children’s art studio, veemcdee also posts creative packs to families across the country.

Instead of buying 1,000 lolly sticks families can receive a specialised pack with a variety of craft supplies to be used at home.

Small Business Sunday winners receive their own profile on the #SBS website, a shop on the site site as well as a Tweet by @TheoPaphitis promoting their business.

More information about each of the exciting new businesses can be found at the following websites – and