Trophy Blog #107 ~ Darlington based Entrepreneur and multi millionaire, Duncan Bannatyne, is set to quit the BBC Business show Dragons den after the new series has been aired. It starts later this month and was filmed earlier in the year. He is famous for telling it how it is, and isn’t afraid to tell the people standing in front of him about their bad ideas. I once had a bet with him via twitter on how long into the show he would say the word ‘Rubbish’, he guessed correctly, and after convincing me it is edited without his knowledge, I made a donation to his foundation charity.He made his millions from building and running Care homes and then went on to do the same for his successful health club chain. He started his road to success with a single ice cream van and saved up to buy spare pieces of land to build on. He was one of the original ‘Dragon’ business experts when the programme launched in 2005. Having announced his departure via twitter he went on to praise the show, “Dragons Den has promoted entrepreneurship to an entire generation of Britons”. He continues to say that he made a number of investments in the new series and that it is “really is must-see business TV”. The BBC said he inspired many entrepreneurs to come on the show and helped make Dragons Den a huge success around the world. Duncan has invested almost £2 million pounds in a number of different companies while on the show and many of them have gone onto international success.  

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