Deborah Meaden is a business leader, investor, podcast host, writer, sustainability campaigner and, of course, Dragon.
The entrepreneurial spark was lit in her from a young age, as Deborah launched her own export company straight out of college and went on to set up one of the first Stefanel fashion franchises in the UK.
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With several successful businesses in the leisure and retail sector under her belt, including holiday park business Westar – which she sold the major shareholding in for £33 million – she became a regular on our screens in 2006 as one of the investors on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den. Most recently, she has written a book for 6-9 year-olds called Why Money Matters, which is published in July.
Deborah tells Gabby how watching her mum meet early struggles head-on inspired her business career, why she doesn’t fear failure, and what she looks for in her investments – in and out of the Den.
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