Sara Davies was ‘put in her place’ by Deborah Meaden on Dragons’ Den set

Sara Davies, 38, has opened up about an awkward encounter with fellow entrepreneur, Deborah Meaden, 63, during her first day on Dragons’ Den. Sara joined the BBC Two show in 2019, at which point Deborah had held her place in the Den for 13 years.

Writing in her new book, We Can All Make It, Sara gushes that she learned a lot from Deborah as she had been “flying the flag for women in business” and helped to “forge paths that made [Sara’s] journey smoother.”

When it came to their first day together in the Den, Sara quickly discovered that the business tycoons had very different ways of doing things.

She recalls her first ever pitch which consisted of a street-food truck parking up in the Den. 

The entrepreneur then asked each Dragon to get up and queue for some of their products.

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When Touker Suleyman got up before Sara, she joked: “Oh, come on. Ladies first!”

Before Sara had a chance to take her next step, she heard Deborah “bark” at her from behind.

The veteran Dragon said authoritatively: “None of that in here, thank you. 

“We are not ‘ladies and gentlemen’, we are all just Dragons, and we are all the same.”

“She had years and years of being the only woman and the one who had to work with men.”

Deborah joined the show in its third series as the only female investor alongside Peter Jones, Theo Paphitis, Duncan Bannatyne and Richard Farleigh.

Sara credits Deborah with paving the way for women on the show and adds that she is “incredibly grateful to her”.

It comes after Sara’s autobiography hit the shelves last week.

The book takes readers through her journey to success, including running her business from her university bedroom and topping the leaderboard on Strictly Come Dancing.

On what motivated her to write the book, Sara said: “I want people, whether they are entrepreneurs or mums who are trying to juggle everything, to pick up my book and connect with something in it.

“I want them to think, if she has done that I can go and do whatever it is that I am trying to achieve.”

We Can All Make It: My Story by Sara Davies is published by Bantam Press. RRP £20.

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