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Having the plans that I have for future business ventures and with a dream of one day becoming and entrepeneur, when I was first introduced to Dragon's Den by a friend I was thoroughly entertained by it. Dragons' Den is another reality television show where business owners can go and pitch their investment opportunities to multi-millionaires in return for a stake of equity in their company. However, some people do literally just turn up with ideas that they haven't yet acted upon and sometimes they can be quite amusing.
Although there has been many changes in the line-up of investors, the current panel is made up of Deborah Meaden, Theo Pathitis, James Cann and Peter Jones. Previous series' of the show have included the likes of software giant Doug Jones and health club owner Duncan Bannatyne. There has also recently been a television series aired which details the business lives and portfolio's of some of the dragons which are quite interesting.
I imagine that pitching your business to a dragon is probably quite a nerve-racking experience as they sit there intimidatingly with their big wads of cash piled up on their tables. They also have a tendency to dig down into the fine details of pitcher's business habits, security and financial situations and have, at times, made a lot of people very nervous and have even cornered a few more dishonest entrepeneurs into slipping up and revealing situations that they tried to hide.
There is one episode of Dragon's Dan that always comes to mind, where a woman was pitching her business to the Dragons. However, she had been claiming benefits and was being given help with benefits due to her low income. The dragons couldn't understand how she could be claiming benefits and be self-employed at the same time and they all promptly declared themselves as out and claiming that it seemed like there was something a little untoward going on. However, after being on benefits myself for several years and planning on going self-employed I know for a fact that this help is, in fact, available and that the dragons were a little too quick to jump the gun. The fact is that somebody in my position is allowed to work up to sixteen hours per week and earn a total of £10 per week without my benefits being affected in any way, which works as a great safety net for those just starting out. However, the dragons are a serious bunch of entrepeneurs with a serious amount of cash to invest with and I doubt that somebody who claims benefits is their primary target. After all, if they're claiming benefits then they're obviously not making enough money and certainly not enough to offer them a decent return on their inital investment.
Sometimes we are also shown how businesses that the dragons have invested in are coming along and, as some of the dragons will admit themselves, some of them were rather odd investments in the spur of the moment. Some of them have come along to do with suprisingly well though and each of the dragons have their own areas of expertise that they can offer to their clients.
Dragons Den is also a very entertaining television programme to watch and despite being mainly focused on business which is always taken very seriously, there is also light-hearted and sometimes humurous side to the program. Especially when the dragons start getting a little worked up and saying things like 'you want to spend my children's inheritance on that??'