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What it's like to go on Dragon's Den with Debbie Greaves from Barking Bags
Episode 1033rd February 2022 • Publicity for Pet Businesses • Rachel Spencer
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Dragon's Den fans - this episode is for YOU!

Have you ever watched the show and wondered what it would be like to go before the Dragons on the BBC 1 series?

Well this week's podcast guest did - and got investment.

Debbie Greaves from Barking Bags wowed Sara Davies and secured a £35,000 investment in her dog walking bags.

She held her own in the Den, even when newbie Steven Bartlett scoffed at her bags for being 'unfashionable' and 'not for millennials.'

Debbie hit back, and even suggested the social media guru met up with her daughter after the show.

In this episode Debbie lifts the lid on what it's really like in the Den and her advice for any petpreneur considering it.

Key topics and timings in this episode:

2.10 - Debbie shares what led her to start her walking bag business.

3.05 - Debbie explains how the first version of her bag came from a trip to Oxfam and a shocked woman in her local park inspired her to create a 'proper bag.'

5.38 - How Debbie partnered with Nottingham Uni students in creating the bags.

8.25 - Growing the business from a hobby to selling out at Discover Dogs.

8.55 - How she got the word out when she first started out. 

12.40 - Examples of the feedback Debbie gets from her superfans.

15.57 - Why millennials LOVE Barking Bags, even if Steven Bartlett doesn't.

17.55 - How she ended up on the TV and the process to getting there.

27.27 - What it's like to get out of the lift on Dragon’s Den and go before the Dragons.

32.15 - Why Debbie wasn't nervous in front of the panel.

35.43 - Debbie shares how she felt initially, her reaction to finding out she was going to be on TV and the rollercoaster of being in the process.

38.55 - What happens after the Dragon’s invest in your business.

41.30 - Why Debbie thought Deborah Meadon would invest and how she felt when Sara said yes.

46.18 - How  pet businesses can work with Debbie and Barking Bags.

52.30 - Debbie’s advice to anyone wanting to go on Dragon’s Den.

55.00 - Where to find out more about Debbie and Barking Bags.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Debbie's website:

Debbie on the Metro website:

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