Dragons' Den winner reveals £80k promise was in fact 'a loan'

16 August 2010

Dragons' Den winner reveals £80k promise was in fact 'a loan' - of which only £26,500 ever emerged

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She was known as the dragon slayer. And when Sharon Wright, a single mother from Scunthorpe, stepped from the 'lair' with more money that she had asked for, it really was a coup.

Never in its five-year history had there been such a confident performance on the TV show for entrepreneurs, Dragons' Den. The five hard-faced panellists, including Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden, were moved to say her pitch was brilliant and it looked as though the £80,000 investment she was promised would propel Talpa Products, her fledgling business, into the commercial big time.

Yet what should have been a giant step for Sharon soon proved to be disastrous. Within months, she was on the verge of financial collapse – a state of affairs that she blames squarely on the BBC programme – followed by the spectre of a personal breakdown.

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