A MUM has scooped an £80,000 investment in her business after a successful appearance on Dragons’ Den.

Helen Davies, from Westbrook, appeared on last Thursday’s episode of the hit BBC show seeking funding to expand baby equipment supplier EasyTots – of which she is the founder and chief executive.

After receiving a grilling from the business experts, she secured a lucrative deal for 30 per cent of her company from panellist Sara Davies.

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Helen with Sara Davies

Her bestselling product, a suction placemat designed in order to prevent spillages by toddlers, received particular rave reviews from the dragons.

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Sara Davies testing out the suction placemat

Helen said: "It's one hell of an experience that I''ll never forget.

"There is so much pressure on yourself, because you know that you will only get one shot at it and it will mean so much for your business.

"I really did want it and I worked really, really hard on making sure that I knew all of my numbers and so that I could present the products in the best way possible.

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"But I was extremely nervous.

"You really are pulled over the coals – you're baring your soul, so I just wanted to be as honest as possible and hopefully that came across.

"Sara could see the potential and that I just need a bit of a helping hand.

"I didn't need to think about her offer, and she's been incredibly supportive since.

"She's definitely the best dragon for me – she gets it and she's a mum herself, and I couldn't have asked for a better result."

Helen held a special watch party at a social club for her friends and family, who were unaware of the outcome as she had been sworn to secrecy ahead of the episode being aired – the programme having been filmed back in September after a delay of six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The former St Gregory’s Catholic High School and Priestley College student added: "There were cheers all around the room.

"It was good to get family, friends and supporters of my business together.

"People like my graphic designer, videographer and business coach were all there – it felt like an extended team meeting, it was great.

"It's been a whirlwind since.

"We've had lots of enquiries and our orders are significantly up, which is great – the response has been amazing, and the support on social media has been insane.

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"It's been a long journey getting to this day, it felt like it was never going to arrive at some points.

"I was shortlisted for an audition in January last year and I got through, then we got our date for filming – which was due to be March last year, but that was pulled and we never really knew when or if it would be rekindled.

"There was an element of doubt but we finally got the go-ahead to film in September, so it has been another seven months since then.

"It's been a long time coming."