TWO sisters from Bradford are celebrating their first year as businesswomen after starting a successful dance clothes company while still at school.

Caitlin, 15, and Ella Barker, 12, from Birkenshaw, set up Angel Dancewear from their family home following a holiday to Los Angeles in August last year.

While there they visited the dance studio belonging to Abby Lee Miller, one of the stars of MTV reality show Dance Moms.

They decided to sell some of the dance clothing available at the studio in the UK, and came up with Angel Dancewear.

Caitlin, a pupil at Heckmondwike Grammar School, designed the company logo and helped run the business as part of her GCSE courses in business studies and graphics.

By October, the sisters had chosen suppliers in the United States and set up an online shop, and by December had secured an exclusive contract with an Australian designer.

Since then they have been travelling around the country, with help from mum and dad Leanne and Graham, to dance events promoting their company, with Caitlin being invited onto the panel of a business seminar alongside Abby Lee Miller.

They have also been asked to organise a tour for two of the young stars of Dance Moms, and visited LA again this summer to meet their suppliers and to network.

Now Caitlin and Ella, a pupil at Dixons City Academy, are planning for Christmas, recruiting brand ambassadors and continuing to tour with their pop-up shop.

Mum Leanne, 45, said she was proud of what her daughters had achieved at such a young age and in such a short space of time.

She said: “We really like how they are doing and the girls have been really dedicated to it and kept going.

“We make sure they are doing okay money-wise but they make all the decisions and so far it’s been really successful.

“I’m really proud that they are doing something meaningful with themselves rather than just sitting around all the time.

“Now they are back at school we have to help out with the packaging and taking parcels to the post office, but the girls are in control, we just help them.”

Dad Graham, 40, said: “I’m most impressed with their work ethic more than anything, the work they have put in.

“With the tours the girls have made really strong relationships with the TV stars from America which helps them to grow the business.”