Deborah Meaden’s best Dragons’ Den investment on BBC show

Hugely popular BBC show Dragons’ Den is returning to our screens this evening, having been bumped from BBC Two to the prime time 8pm slot on BBC One.

Among the five dragons is Somerset’s Deborah Meaden, who has been a savvy investor on the series since it first aired in 2005.

Deborah, who lives in Langport and was born in Taunton, has described her excitement as the show returns to screens and described this season as “hotter than ever” in a tweet.

In a teaser of the upcoming series, Deborah can be seen entering a bidding war with her fellow dragons for a skincare brand developed by a former NHS worker and her husband.

Over the years, Dragons’ Den has launched a number of businesses to dizzying heights of success.

Theo Phaphits and Debra Meaden with Laura and Neil Westwood
Theo Phaphits and Debra Meaden with Laura and Neil Westwood

We looked back to see which of Deborah Meaden’s investments during her time on the show was the most successful.

In 2008, husband and wife Neil and Laura Westwood walked into the den with their portable whiteboard in a roll, Magic Whiteboard.

This is said to have been both Deborah and Theo Paphitis’ most lucrative investment.

The whiteboard can attach to multiple surfaces – something which left Peter Jones labelling the product as “ridiculous”.

However, the small marvel has achieved impressive growth since securing Deborah and Theo’s £100,000 investment.

Magic Whiteboard is now stocked in Ryman stationery stores and used in schools.

In September 2014, the Westwood couple bought back their shares from Deborah and Theo, giving the investors an £800,000 return on their initial investment.

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