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London Cocktail Club's Sarah Willingham is new BBC Dragon

19 March 2015 by
London Cocktail Club's Sarah Willingham is new BBC Dragon

Founder of Indian-style restaurant group the Bombay Bicycle Club and cocktail bar the London Cocktail Club Sarah Willingham is to be a new "dragon" on the BBC show Dragons' Den.

Willingham, who founded the restaurant chain raising her own finance after her business plan was rejected, was confirmed as part of a new trio of Dragons by the BBC.

The entrepreneur eventually sold the Bombay group for a seven-figure sum, and went on to co-found and invest in the London Cocktail Club, and Craft Cocktail Company, the first of which now has six sites across the capital.

She also appeared on BBC programme The Restaurant, as a restaurant inspector and investor alongside chef Raymond Blanc (the winners of which went on to co-found the London Cocktail Club), and has been a main board director of the Clapham House Group, including the Real Greek chain.

She is also the co-founder of moving saving website, and together with her husband now has other business interests and investments in over 10 ventures across food and drink, health food, banking, consumer finance, technology, and entertainment.

Commenting on her appointment to the show, Willingham said: "I'm so excited about joining this year's great team of Dragons. I can't wait to meet some more brilliant people with brilliant businesses to invest in and support."

Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, said: "It's wonderful to welcome such an impressive line-up of new Dragons."

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