The beeb has announced that Jenny Campbell will step down as a Dragon at the end of the current series of BBC2’s hit business reality series Dragons’ Den.
The 2018 cast of Dragons’ Den. (l-r) Touker Suleyman, Jenny Campbell, Deborah Meaden, Tej Lalvani, and Peter Jones
“Having been a fan of Dragons Den since it first aired in 2005 I was absolutely delighted and proud to have the opportunity of becoming a Dragon myself. I have invested in businesses and entrepreneurs who I believe I can add real value to personally, and I look forward to working with each of them closely over the next few years. It has been a tough decision to step down but I now want to focus on my new role with the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Fellowship Programme which supports young entrepreneurs in setting up and growing their own businesses, as well as help my sons Rik and Tom on their own entrepreneurial journeys.” – Jenny Campbell
The former banker joined the Den in 2017 and has made several investments during her time on the show which include a gin business, an energy-switch website, a hemp skincare producer and truck advertising firm.
Her last episode will air on Sunday 3 February 2019 on BBC Two.
Dragons’ Den sees budding entrepreneurs pitch their creations and business ideas – from the weird to the wonderful – to five millionaire experts, hoping to lure them into parting with their cash and into a business partnership. The show – a BBC Studios production – remains popular for BBC Two with Channel controller Patrick Holland noting that each episode is viewed by at least 2.6 million viewers.
“Jenny has been a brilliant Dragon and the audience have loved her sharp analysis and cutting wit. I want to thank her and wish her all the best with her next ventures.” – Patrick Holland
Casting for a new Dragon will take place ahead of filming for Series 17, which begins in the spring for transmission later in 2019.