‘Dragons Den’ BBC TV Series – Success Stories

Dragons Den BBC2 TV Series is unlike any other reality TV show in that there is something more at stake than the contestants’ pride. In front of some the richest and most successful businessmen and women in Britain members of the public pitch their products, ideas and their business acumen in the hopes of securing an investment that could turn their businesses and their lives around in a way that most can only dream of. The aim of the game is not to win but simply to make a life changing business agreement. The stakes are real, as is the money.

Whilst many of the ‘budding entrepreneurs’ that have entered the Dragons Den over the past five years have only succeeded in winning the dragons’ distain, an equal number have also made a lasting impression on them, winning not only their investment but also their valued advice. A number of the winning ideas featured on the Dragons Den TV show are now making their mark on the business world and we are witnessing the rise of a new business empire, controlled by the Dragons and made stronger by the wide-scale publicity that the show offers.

Perhaps the most successful of all the products featured on Dragons Den UK, however, has been reggae singer Levi’s brand of Jamaican BBQ sauce. Levi has been successfully selling his Reggae Reggae Sauce at the Notting Hill festival for the past fifteen years but with the help of Dragons Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh demand has exploded. Reggae Reggae Sauce can now be found on the shelves of major UK supermarkets.

Despite a shaky start on the show Ray Smith’s Magic Pizza – a device for ensuring that microwave pizzas do not go soggy in the middle – was also snapped up by the Dragons Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis, much to the delight of the thousands of pizza fans across the UK. Ray Smith has since been added to the gallery of Dragons Den success stories with his innovative product selling to single men, students and busy mums up and down the country. Other Dragons Den success stories include the i-teddy, the Cuddledry range of baby and toddler towels, the Concentrate range of school and college accessories and many more.

One of the most famous products from the Dragons Den are Trunki suitcases – colourful ride-on suitcases for kids, which was unsuccessful in securing funding from the dragons but has since gone on to become a great success story.

Ice Blading boots were a successful product pitch in which Theo Phaphitis invested. He loved the idea of these sohphisticated inline skates which allowed you to move like an ice skater but without the ice. They are being launched in 2009 so we are looking forward to see how successful this Dragon’s Den Product is.

With such successful deals being made right on our TV screens it is clear that Dragon’s Den is more than just another BBC reality show. It is helping to shape the business landscape of the UK and giving us an opportunity to see how the big boys play. For those of us with an idea to pitch and the guts to go up against the Dragons, this BBC2 TV show is also an opportunity to make it big by winning the interests of both the Dragons and the nation.

Chinese New Year of the Dragon – 2012

Happy Year of the Dragon – 2012

The Year of the Water Dragon begins on 23rd January 2012. The mythical beast is a lucky sign, the fifth of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese dragon is a much more loving creature than the Western equivalent – blessed with supernatural power, fortune, and understanding.

Eastern philosophy regards the dragon positively, the supreme beast, fearless, wise and master over all – the dragon represented the emperor. People born under this sign gain power and respect, which is why it is the most popular Chinese zodiac sign attracting an increased birth rate in oriental countries.

Predictions

Dragon years usually bring large happenings, either good or bad – an abundance of yang energy. However, they are positive for finance, and the water dragon acts more considerately then his fellow dragons. This means the usual dragon disasters will be less likely. The dragon’s obstinate ego will bring power and bold ambition to 2012, making it a good time to start a business or get married. They like to spend money.

Best and Worst Month’s

Best months in this dragon year are: January, February, July, August and November – and the worst are will be September and December. Generally, people who take chances and are ambitious will benefit in a Dragon Year.

Dragon People

People born in this Chinese zodiac year are extrovert, brave, quick-tempered, generous, honest and passionate. They prefer being on their own and doing things independently. Their excellent entrepreneurial skills make them successful businesspeople, as well as good inventors, lawyers and sales persons. People born in this year find their energy, competitiveness and determination usually allows them to achieve near the top of their profession. The long dragon tongue seeks and gains influence.

Dragon Relationships

Dragons have a deep sincere heart and will give in to love despite their independence, but a thick-skin is needed in their partner to take their quick temper. The best relationships are with either a monkey or a rat – the least compatible being the ox or goat. Despite the dragon’s personality, once they find the right partner, they usually commit for life.

Dragon Years

If you were born in any of these years, then you are a Dragon: 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000 * 2012

Famous Dragon People

Bruce Lee, Julius Caesar, John Lennon, Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King Jr, Mae West, Colin Farrell, Grace Kelly, Bob Monkhouse

Western Counterpart: Aries

Bearded Dragon Breeders – How to Avoid Pitfalls

Plenty of people will tell you that if you’re in the marketplace for a bearded dragon as a pet, you need to avoid heading to the local pet store, and there might be a good reason behind this recommendation. To be truthful, there are lots of breeders out there breeding the bearded dragon, in reality just about all bearded dragons available to the general public, will be captive bred reptiles, supplied by bearded dragon breeders.

One of the problems related to purchasing your pet from a pet store is the incontrovertible fact that the pet store customarily gets their supply from a pet wholesaler who will obtain bearded dragons in bulk from assorted breeders, without first checking the quality of the lizards, or the breeders. You’ve got to remember the issue for the wholesaler is not about pet care or a love for bearded dragons. The wholesaler has just one target and that’s to turn a profit in all sales.

So, like any other market in the world we reside in, there are always going to be bad breeders and great breeders, and the bulk of breeders will fall somewhere between these 2 points. The issue is that without taking care to choose only high quality stock to supply the pet stores, the wholesaler will just obtain the number he has to make his money. He doesn’t care about the quality, because once the pet store takes delivery that’s generally the end of the accountability for the wholesaler.

Being the pet store cannot afford to have each animal it buys in checked by a vet, the possibilities are fairly high the stock may actually have mites, or bugs, or other conditions.

Often this is even picked up by the reptiles as a consequence of being kept and shipped with lots of other animals, some who could be infected. Unless you know what you’re looking for, you won’t always know that your selected dragon is sick. Reptiles tend to cover symptoms, and bearded dragon breeders know this.

On the other hand it creates a lot of sense to look for a breeder in your neighborhood or close by, who has a reputation and a history in providing dragons. A breeder will usually certify the health and well being of reptiles from their grounds, and most good bearded dragon breeders will do whatever they can to be certain you’ve got the right dragon for your situation. They have their business image to guard, and they desire your repeat business. After all there isn’t any middle man concerned in this process, it is just you and the vendor.

Dedicated bearded dragon breeders will pride themselves on not only delivering a better quality reptile to you, they will be the best folks to find recommendation about the breed, and the people to gain from as to how best raise and care for your new pet. They’re folk who spend all of their time breeding, raising, feeding and caring for young and adult bearded dragons, and due to this, they might be considered the best folk to be purchasing from.

Glaringly when working with bearded dragon breeders, you must treat the arrangement as though it were any other business arrangement. Raise questions and expect answers, till you are satisfied the breeder has been about for a very long time, and they know what they are talking about. Get a clear communication channel opened with them, so that when you do purchase from them, you can contact as urgently as you must for the support you could need.

It is a good idea NOT to buy from online sources.