Dragons’ Den’s most successful businesses

As we await series 14 of the popular BBC show, Startups takes a look at the progress of 15 of the best businesses to have passed through the Den

It’s now over 10 years since the first episode of Dragons’ Den aired on British TV screens and in that time we’ve seen some brilliant, and not so brilliant, businesses pass through the Den.

While many of the start-ups which have appeared on the BBC show have since floundered or failed to gain traction, a number have gone on to achieve huge success – with and without the Dragons’ backing.

Last year, series 13 saw a number new faces join the panel including Moonpig’s Nick Jenkins, Hawes & Curtis’ Touker Suleyman and restaurateur Sarah Willingham.

Now, with the 14th series returning in three weeks’ time, and to mark over 10 years of the show, we’ve delved into the Den archives to find out what has happened to 15 of the brightest businesses to have pitched to the Dragons and where they are now.

From the infamous Levi Roots to the £65m-valued Tangle Teezer dubbed “hair-brained” by Peter Jones, read on to find out just what happened once the Den’s cameras stopped rolling…

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