Dragons Den has recruited a brand new investor to replace Jenny Campbell on the show.
Millionaire Sara Davies, founder of Crafter’s Companion, will be joining the panel alongside Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Syleyman and Tej Lalvani.
Davies joins the show as the youngest ever investor aged just 35.
She’s head of a craft company that turns over more than £11million a year – and juggles her successful business with being a mum to her two young sons.
Speaking of her excitement at joining the BBC Two show, she said: ““I’m absolutely delighted to join the other Dragons for the new series of the show.
“I’ve always been very passionate about investing time in and sharing my expertise with other entrepreneurs and hopefully I’ll be able to help some of the contestants to really take their businesses to the next level.
“I’ve been a fan of the show since it started, I was even invited to pitch on the show 13 years ago so it feels like I’ve come a full circle.”
But who is Sara and how did she become a successful business tycoon?
Who is Sara Davies?
Sara is from Coundon in County Durham.
While she may be the youngest, Sara is already a hugely esteemed businesswoman, having picked up around 25 awards alongside her company.
She was even praised for her services to the economy with an MBE in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Alongside her budding crafts empire, Sara is also no stranger to TV, having starred in her own craft programme, Be Creative TV.
She also makes regular appearances on shopping channels in the UK and Stateside.
Does Sara have a husband and children?
Sara and husband Simon got together when they were just 15 years old, and he went on to quit his job to support her with her business.
The pair married in 2007, and went on to welcome son Oliver in 2013 and her second child in 2016.
The dedicated businesswoman took three months maternity leave when Oliver was born, before returning to work three days a week.
“Our big dream was to have a family. There was no way I was going to have a baby and hand him over to a nanny,” she told the Daily Mail.
“I was convinced that if I got the business on a firm footing while I was young, I could afford to take my foot off the pedal.
“I had Mum’s example. When she was expecting me, she and Dad opened a shop selling wallpaper. It meant Mum could work the hours she wanted.”
While her schedule is hectic, she added that she would “move heaven and earth” to spend time with her son.
If it meant stopping off for 18 hours between business trips to take her son to the park, then she would make sure to do it.
“As a working mum I value flexibility, so that’s what I try to offer my staff,” she added. “It pays dividends. Working mums have so much to offer.”
What is Sara’s business?
Sara dreamed up Crafter’s Companion 13 years ago in her York university bedroom.
The Geordie entrepreneur’s company offers a one stop shop for creatives looking to get into papercraft and needlecraft or experienced crafters looking to top up their supplies.
It also offers “stamps, dies, colouring mediums and a whole host of items to enhance your crafting journey”.
How much is Sara’s business worth?
The company, which originated in Durham, is a huge success, employing 190 staff in the UK, US and Europe.
It now has two more stores which run alongside its flagship, as well as a massive online presence, turning over a whopping £34million a year.
*Dragon’s Den will return for its 17th series on BBC Two later this summer.