Dragon adds fire to fight for Blacks Leisure stores

DRAGONS’ Den star and serial entrepreneur Peter Jones has thrown his hat in the ring for the troubled outdoor goods retailer Blacks Leisure, which was put up for sale last month.

Jones, who is on the panel of the BBC reality TV show, has emerged as one of the four trade bidders to have tabled an offer for the company and its assets. He bids against Sports Direct, controlled by billionaire football tycoon Mike Ashley, its rival JD Sports and an unknown party.

Administrator KPMG could announce a preferred bidder for the debt-laden company today.