Why is Jenny Campbell leaving Dragon’s Den?
Businesswoman Jenny Campbell is to appear on BBC 2 show Dragon’s Den for the last time today (Sunday). The tough-talking entrepreneur joined the show in 2017 in its 15th series but quit last month working alongside other Dragons Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, and Tej Lalvani. The former banker is worth £50m after selling her company AMT business YourCash in 2016. Since being on the show she has invested in the likes of energy-switch website Look After My Bills, hemp skincare producer Carun UK and truck advertising firm Driven Media.
Jenny quit the show to concentrate her energies on her new role with the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme and her sons’ businesses. In a statement, she said: “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.”
Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC2, said: “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.” Jenny later tweeted to her 6,000+ followers: “I will still be doing lots of stuff supporting entrepreneurs to #bethebestyoucanbe and encouraging young people to find and grab opportunities.” Who will replace her? Jenny’s replacement has not yet been chosen although BBC 2 say they are casting for the show which is due to start filming in Spring. Fans of the show have called for former Dragon Hilary Devey to come back on Twitter. “Bring back @HilaryDevey love her,” tweeted one, while another said, “Totally agree she needs to come back.”