Piers Linney to leave Dragons’ Den after latest series

Cloud computing entrepreneur latest Dragon to announce departure from BBC show following Kelly Hoppen MBE and Duncan Bannatyne

Technology entrepreneur Piers Linney has announced that he will be leaving Dragons’ Den after the current 12th series in order to “pursue other interests”; following in the footsteps of Kelly Hoppen MBE and Duncan Bannatyne.

Linney, who joined the BBC show in 2013 in series 11 as Theo Paphitis’ replacement, has backed a number of businesses during his time on the investor panel including Startups Awards 2014 finalist Lost My Name, the personalised children’s book start-up, and youth travel operator Mainstage Travel, founded by Young Guns to Watch Aden Levin and Rob Tominey.

Known for his work in cloud-based solutions, Linney is the CEO of circa £10m turnover business and communications firm Outsourcery which is expected to pursue a public market flotation in the next few years.

On the back of the announcement Linney says he will continue to work closely with the businesses he’s invested in and has stated that, although he “won’t rule out returning to TV”, his focuses now are on entrepreneurship, diversity and spending time with his family.

Catch up with the good, the bad and the ugly from Dragons’ Den series 12 here.


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