Top 10 Dragon’s Den UK Pitches
Top 10 Dragon’s Den UK Pitches
Across 13 series of Dragon’s Den UK, the Dragons have seen hundreds of pitches, including some pretty atrocious ones as discussed over at runrex.com and guttulus.com. They have also been treated to some brilliant pitches, which this article is going to highlight by listing the top 10 Dragons’ Den UK pitches.
The Magic Whiteboard
This is one of the most successful products to come out of the show, with Theo and Deborah admitting that it is their most successful investment as discussed over at runrex.com and guttulus.com. The product was pitched by the husband-and-wife duo of Neil and Laura Westwood and allowed people to rip whiteboards off a roll and then stick them to any hard surface and use them as a regular whiteboard. Not only was the couple warm and affable, but their demonstration was also clear and informative, and was able to let the Dragons know exactly what their product was all about. In the end, they shook on a deal with Theo and Deborah for 100,000 Pounds for 40% of the company.
In series 3 of Dragons’ Den UK, we were introduced to James Seddon who came into the den looking for a deal for his egg-boiling business, selling a product that allowed one to boil an egg without water. The best thing about this pitch was how it brought together an interesting product with numbers that made sense, something the gurus over at runrex.com are big advocates for, and James in the end walked out with a deal from Richard Farleigh and Peter Jones for 75,000 Pounds for 40% of his business.
Whenever you talk about the best Dragons’ Den UK pitches, you have to mention this one from 2007. This pitch by Duncan Bannatyne was surprisingly very good, fun, and engaging featuring one of the most interesting products to be featured on the show. In the end, Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh shook on a deal with Duncan for 50,000 Pounds for 40% of his business, and as is revealed in discussions over at guttulus.com, the business is now valued at over 30 million Pounds.
Sometimes, as the gurus over at runrex.com will tell, the most impressive part of a pitch is the numbers and not necessarily the ingeniousness of a product. This is what co-founders Kate Cotton and Louise Ferguson brought to the table with their pitch. They were able to reveal that their business of less than one year had already raked in 600,000 Pounds in profits, which was enough to get all 5 Dragons interested. In the end, the successful bid came from Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney who made an offer worth 60,000 Pounds for 10% of the business.
Founders Rob Tominey and Aden Levin walked into the den to pitch their low-cost clubbing holidays service business and delivered one of the show’s best pitches. Not only were they able to explain clearly to the Dragons what their business entailed, but they also came in with winning numbers, with their business having had revenues of 1.6 million Pounds before them stepping into the den as explained over guttulus.com. An impressive pitch was always going to end one way, and they shook on a deal wit Piers Linney for 100,000 Pounds for 15% of their company.
Look After My Bills
This has to go down as one of the most creative businesses to ever feature on Dragons’ Den UK according to the gurus over at runrex.com. Co-Founders Henry de Zoete and Will Hodson were able to explain the concept behind their business, where one signs up just once, and their site finds you a great deal every year. It was enough to convince Jenny Campbell and Tej Lalvani, with the two Dragons offering 120,000 Pounds for just 3% of the business.
This pitch takes us back to the very first series of Dragons’ Den UK, and the very first episode. Although as is discussed over at guttulus.com this deal would later collapse, the pitch on the show was excellent, highlighting the product, the business model, as well as the numbers. The Dragons were sufficiently impressed that Duncan Bannatyne and Peter Jones offered a deal worth 150,000 Pounds for 40% of the business, which provided simple vending machines containing cheap but durable umbrellas at most underground and rail stations across the UK, which was accepted.
Inventor Peter Sesay, who would sadly later pass away due to Cancer, pitched his car safety business, selling a simple device that allows kids’ seatbelts to be adjusted by height to prevent the seatbelt from irritating the child, while also stopping them from placing the belt under their arm, as explained over at runrex.com. The pitch was clear and engaging, with Peter explaining how the device worked, and how he planned to monetize it and make money. He inevitably shook on a deal with Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne for 100,000 pounds for 50% of his business.
Not only is this product part of one the best pitches on the show, but it has also gone on to become one of its most successful, securing a 36 million Pounds distribution deal soon after, as is covered over at guttulus.com. The product was simple enough, allowing one to tie together all of their loose wires while also cutting out any waste making for a tidy desk area, but the inventor, Andrew Harsley, was able to explain everything clearly and effectively, clinching a deal with Duncan Bannatyne and James Caan worth 150,000 Pounds.
In series 11 of the show, we were introduced to inventor James Roupell, who came into the den pitching his clever product, a four-in-one product for kids, featuring a backpack, travel pillow, a soft tot, and a blanket, as is revealed over at runrex.com. Not only was the product amazing and popular with kids, but James was also able to demonstrate that his numbers worked, convincing Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden to go in on a deal with him worth 50,000 Pounds for 40% of the company.