Eat your heart out, Drag­ons

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A BIRM­ING­HAM busi­ness­man turned down by Drag­ons’ Den says he has been of­fered £90 mil­lion for his com­pany.

Marco Ha­jikipri was fu­ri­ous when the TV en­trepreneurs snubbed his health food busi­ness on the BBC2 show. He told Peter Jones he would re­gret his de­ci­sion.

The Drag­ons said he had over­val­ued his firm at £2 mil­lion, but Mr Ha­jikipri says he has just turned down an of­fer of £90 mil­lion for Pro­fes­sional Gains. Mr Ha­jikipri, from Great Barr, said: “It’s not worth that yet, but the po­ten­tial in­vestor has the vi­sion to see what I could be mak­ing in a few years time. Un­like the Drag­ons,” that is.

Mr Ha­jikipri set up the firms two years ago in West Bromwich, with 20 peo­ple pre­par­ing 7,000 healthy meals a week de­liv­ered to doors. It has now ex­panded to three units and em­ploys 33 peo­ple. Last year he asked the drag­ons for £125,000 for five per cent of the busi­ness.

Marco, 28, says: “The busi­ness is now val­ued at around £16 mil­lion, when the Drag­ons didn’t even think it was worth £2 mil­lion. I’ve cer­tainly proved them wrong. I’m glad they turned me down now.”

> Marco Ha­jikipri

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