Dragons' Den viewers open-mouthed as Deborah Meaden WITHDRAWS offer in 'savage' show first

DRAGONS’ Den viewers were left open-mouthed as Deborah Meaden made an unprecedented move of withdrawing her offer. 

Business partners Julia Lowe and Lee Denny put forward their business Camp Wildfire, which they described as the UK’s first summer camp for adults – but things soon turned sour.


The pair requested £75,000 for a 5 per cent stake in their business, which would provide customers with activities including riding quad bikes, archery and building rafts.

While they received praise for their business, the duo ended up seeing four out of the five Dragons say they were out, leaving Deborah to make an offer.

The long-running Dragon wanted to give them all of the money for 25 per cent of the business – five times what they were initially willing to give up.

Following a one-on-one with each other, they asked whether Deborah would be willing to accept a 20 per cent stake in their business, which would then be reduced to 5 per cent if they hit their projected numbers.

The dismayed Dragon abruptly replied: “That kind of misses the point, because if I’m having an impact on this business, then I’ll be part of you achieving your £315,000.

“It’s completely illogical, so no is the answer.”

The duo tried to bring the discussion back, asking if a 20 per cent stake for the investment would be agreeable – but Deborah was not amused.

She said: ‘I’m getting insights into how you are going to be when you go out there and you do business and do you know what? I’m afraid I withdraw my offer. I’m out."

The camp enthusiasts were forced to leave the den with nothing, with viewers on Twitter praising Deborah for her bold move.

One person questioned: "Roll back to per cent? Did they really just pitch that back to Deborah Meaden?"

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Echoing the comments, someone else said: "Sorry, but they shot themselves in the foot with such a ridiculous suggestion."

A third fan added: "Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory."

Dragons' Den returns next Thursday at 8pm on BBC One.

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