Bannatyne backs Topsham’s Pebblebed
PUBLISHED: 15:33 14 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:33 14 January 2016
Celebrity businessman Duncan Bannatyne believes one of his Topsham protégés has an even brighter future ahead of him.
The Journal revealed recently how Geoff Bowen’s wine-making business Pebblebed Vineyard had blossomed since his appearance on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den programme five years ago.
Geoff is remembered for drying up midway through his pitch and causing a row between Dragons Deborah Meaden and Bannatyne.
But Geoff had the last laugh as Bannatyne stumped up £60,000 to expand the business - and he hasn’t looked back since.
More than 30,000 viewers logged onto the Pebblebed Vineyard website soon after the show to buy Geoff’s sparkling wines.
Bannatyne, 66, who has a wide variety of business interests, expressed his confidence in Geoff.
He said: “Geoff is a very dedicated and hard-working businessman and I’m really glad that he is doing so well. I wish him every success in the future.”
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