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New Dragons’ Den investors include Moonpig founder, shirtmaker and working mum of four

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They are Nick Jenkins, founder of the greetings card website Moonpig.com, Touker Suleyman, the man behind Jermyn Street shirt-maker Hawes & Curtis, and Sarah Willingham, who combines running a consumer personal finance website with a portfolio of business investments.</p >

The new Dragons replace the departing Duncan Bannatyne, Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney and join Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones – who is now the show’s only original Dragon investor since the first series in 2005.</p >

Jenkins founded Moonpig in 2000 and named the company after his nickname at school. The business was acquired by Photobox in 2011 and is now the world’s largest personalised greetings card company with operations in Australia and the US as well as the UK. Since leaving Moopig, Jenkins has been working mainly in the charity sector, and has also become involved in some angel investment activity.</p >

Suleyman is a retail entrepreneur as well as being chairman and owner of Low Profile Holdings, Hawes and Curtis, the fashion brand Ghost and has been an active investor in startups – including luxury handbag maker Huxley & Cox and Bikesoup, an online marketplace for new and used bicycles.</p >

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    Willingham’s entrepreneurial CV is focused largely in the food and drink sector, where she turned the Bombay Bicycle Club into the UK’s largest chain of Indian restaurants and then sold her shares in the business, together with shares in the Clapham House Group, for “a seven figure sum”.</p >

    She is an active consumer champion via her personal finance website www.letssavemoney.com and is a regular contributor on TV and in magazines and the press providing money saving tips and advice.</p >

    She has received a number of accolades for her contribution to business, including The Times 35 Most Successful Women under 35, Business Weekly’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Courvoisier Top 500 and an entry in the Who’s Who of British Business Leaders. She holds three business degrees including an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, where she is also an advisory board member.</p >

    Willingham believes she is a “uniquely different type of entrepreneur” than the Dragons’ Den series has ever seen before – and is not afraid to get her hands dirty with companies she invests in.</p >

    She told Real Business: “I’m so excited about joining this year’s great team of Dragons. I can’t wait to meet some more brilliant people with brilliant businesses to invest in and support. I’m a different type of entrepreneur – the first ever Dragon who’s a working mum of four children under eight.</p >

    “I’ve been at the coal face with every business I’ve ever launched and I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty and do what it takes to help small businesses grow…I know what it takes to turn a great business concept into a thriving enterprise.</p >

    “It’s important for me to be a mentor as well as an investor. For me, investment must be backed up by sound business advice and support from someone who’s been there. The real value is in the time spent mentoring, advising, coaching and inspiring.”</p >

    Do you think the BBC has got it right with its new Dragons? Have your say below.</em ></p >

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