DRAGON’S Den fans were left stunned this evening when a “rude” businessman landed a deal for his Backballer venture – AFTER
DRAGON’S Den fans were left stunned this evening when a “rude” businessman landed a deal for his Backballer venture – AFTER lashing out at one of the stars.
Irish Noel shocked in the Den when he snapped: “You can’t have it both ways!” during tense negotiations with Sara Davies.
The budding entrepreneur was on the show to secure a £100,000 investment for a 5% stake in the business, BackBaller Foam Roller – a dual-mounted foam-roller for focused muscle relief.
He explained that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic had secured him a boom in business as customers splashed out during lockdown.
Sara was impressed by the product, and even jumped up to try it out despite wearing a skirt.
She was further intrigued when Noel revealed that he was in talks with a shopping channel in the US to stock his product – with Sara explaining that she was close friends with the sports buyer for the channel, and they could barely keep up with demand for goods.
Sara offered Noel the cash – but asked for a 35% stake in the business, agreeing to drop to 25% – and then 20% once she’d made her investment back.
But Noel was reluctant to sign away anything more than 10% – and was not amused by her comment about making the money back.
He swiped: “I don’t think that makes it a whole lot sweeter, that’s like having your jam on both sides.
“My current offer is 10% and that’s not giving you your money back, you can’t have it both ways, Sara – honestly.”
Undeterred, Sara replied: “I can’t have it both ways but I’ve got a portfolio of businesses making me a lot of money.
“You’ve got this one, and I’m offering you the opportunity to turn the fortunes of that business around with my help and support. Because you need a lot of it.”
All of the Dragons were visibly stunned by the exchange – and Sara’s co-stars were further surprised when she agreed to the 10% deal – on the condition that she got her money back in the first 12 months.
Viewers at home also couldn’t be believe “cheeky” Noel had bagged the cash – and flocked to Twitter to share their reaction.
One wrote: “So rude! The cheeky guy got lucky.”
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Another added: “Oh yes she can have it both ways son. She’s got something to sell, that you need.”
A third said: “Wow, I didn’t see that deal coming………..”
One more exclaimed: “Is Sara out of her mind? I wouldn’t trust that guy at all.”
One impressed viewer wrote: “The Irish charm worked!”