If you pit one business show against the other this week, who wins it for you?
To me Mary Portas Queen of Shops pips the Dragons!
This week, Dragons’ Den looks at anything from submarines to rotating washing lines. The ideas are great but the budding entrepreneurs get a grilling, like gladiators in the ring. It’s very one-sided as ever.
Mary Portas is building up. Dragons’ Den is knocking down.
Normally the dragons will only invest in a dead cert. Mary, on the other hand, chooses a losing side and re-visions the brand.
Mary struggles and finds the best in people, the Dragons expose their many flaws.
Bright-red-haired Angela of Vintage Patissarie works her considerable magic to win them over, valuing her brand in the region of £250k. Not bad considering the cafe side of her business will be very tough according to Peter Jones.
Once again, Deborah Meaden is the first to spot the potential, but deftly hedges her bets by allowing lingerie legend Paphitis to share her risk.
Angela gets exactly what she wanted. She hooks the Dragons in with her passion. She makes the obligatory maths blunders, but sends herself up by declaring her chartered accountancy training. She wins through with her expertise gained from working in her Mum’s cafe.
Dragons’ Den is like being in the boardroom when the Chief Exec is on holiday. It’s all jostling and posturing. There is a fight over a patent and a £1m+ cost business nearly gets a seriously big investment. These pitchers are way more experienced than Angela, but Dislike is voiced in the Den and it is thumbs down.
Angela demonstrates that people buy people.
See also Mary Portas: how does she do it?