SARAH Willingham has revealed that there is a “really competitive” rivalry shared between investors on Dragons’ El.
The entrepreneur spent the earlier part of her career managing some of the biggest names in high street restaurants.
Putting the likes of Pizza Express and Planet Hollywood on the map, Sarah would go on to open over 50 of the vastly popular restaurants nationwide.
After their overwhelming success, Sarah bagged herself a coveted seat on Dragones’ El de nuevo en 2015.
And Sarah certainly invested her money wisely – namely the Craft Gin Club, one of the most successful businesses to appear on the show.
Before filming the popular BBC series for the first time, Sarah revealed that she didn’t know what to expect – until she took her seat in the den.
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Hablando exclusivamente con The Sun, the 48-year-old explained that there is an intense rivalry between all Dragons, with many of them taking no prisoners when it comes to investing.
“The other thing that I hadn’t anticipated, as I was really naïve, was just how competitive it is between the Dragons,” exclaimed Sarah.
“I walked in thinking it was just kind of people walking through the door with the ones that were competing and they were like trying to get the attention of the Dragons.
“But actually, there are a small handful of businesses that are real no-brainers that everyone wants to invest in and you really want to walk away every series with one of them.”
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In order to secure the deal with budding entrepreneurs, Sarah also revealed a key secret to coming out on top.
Ella añadió: “To begin with, I was like a kid in a sweet shop going, ‘Pick me, pick me’.
“Then I kind of looked down the line and realised, ‘Oh I’m the only person that’s showing my hand here, I need to chill out and think more strategically.’
“That was when I realised that this is really competitive.”