Dragons' Den announces new line-up
Three new entrepreneurs, Nick Jenkins, Sarah Willingham and Touker Suleyman, are to join Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones on the new series of Dragons' Den
Three new entrepreneurs are joining 'Dragons' Den'.
Nick Jenkins, Sarah Willingham and Touker Suleyman will join existing Dragons Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones on the upcoming 13th series of the BBC show, which sees budding entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas in a bid to receive investments.
Nick is the founder of the online greeting card website Moonpig.com which he sold to the company to Photobox.com for £120 million in 2011.
He said: "I am very excited about joining Dragons' Den and using my experience to back some great new businesses and help them through the turbulent first years."
Touker - who owns fashion brands Hawes & Curtis and Ghost - has 40 years worth of retail and manufacturing experience to bring to the panel and can't wait to see what opportunities he'll be presented with.
He shared: "It is a privilege to join the panel of Dragons' Den and support the next generation of UK entrepreneurs. Dreams and big ideas are plentiful, but few people have the courage to realise their ambitions. I want to support those people with the guts to pursue their dreams and provide the financial backing, opportunities and support that will ease their path to success."
Meanwhile, Sarah- who began working in the food and drink industry at just 13 years of age - owns the restaurant chain The Bombay Bicycle Club and is the co-founder of The London Cocktail Club.
She said: "I can't wait to meet some more brilliant people with brilliant businesses to invest in and support. I've been at the coalface with every business I've ever launched and I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty and do what it takes to help small businesses grow."
The new additions come after former Dragons Kelly Hoppen, Piers Linney and Duncan Bannatyne decided to quit the show after the 12th series.