Dragons’ Den Announces New Line-up
Three new entrepreneurs have signed on for the next series of Dragons’ Den.
Nick Jenkins, Sarah Willingham and Touker Suleyman will join existing Dragons Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones on the 13th series of the BBC show, which sees budding entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas in a bid to receive investments.
Jenkins, who founded the online greeting card website Moonpig.com (which he later sold to Photobox for £120 million) 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.”
Suleyman owns fashion brands Hawes & Curtis and Ghost, and has 40 years worth of retail and manufacturing experience to bring to the panel. Meanwhile, Willingham owns the restaurant chain The Bombay Bicycle Club (which came before the band), and is the co-founder of The London Cocktail Club.
”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,” said Willingham.
The new additions come after former Dragons Kelly Hoppen, Piers Linney and Duncan Bannatyne quit the show after the 12th series. We can’t wait to see how the new dynamic plays out!