Dragons’ Den: Baked beans business wins backing

By Alice Foster

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Entrepreneur Ben Mason impresses investors on Dragons’ Den
Entrepreneur Ben Mason impresses investors on Dragons’ Den

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Baked beans entrepreneur Ben Mason secured investment in his company after a fierce bidding war on TV show Dragons’ Den last night (January 24).

Four of the Dragons offered to invest in Masons Beans, which produces premium chilled baked beans with no added sugar and fresh ingredients.

Mason decided to accept investor Nick Jenkins’ offer of £50,000 for 20% equity in the baked beans business, after other potential investors held out for larger stakes.

‘Excited to help him’

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“We’re delighted to have you on board Nick.”

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After the show, Jenkins said: “Ben gave by far and away the best entrepreneur performance of the season and I’m excited to help him achieve his vision.”

Mason finally managed to seal the deal after nearly three hours of negotiations and a “hotly contested pitch”​ on the show, according to Masons Beans. 

“Our time in the den ended up as the longest session of the series and saw Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Peter Jones and Nick Jenkins all battling it out to get in on the beans action,”​ the firm said.

‘Delighted to have you on board’

“We’re delighted to have you on board Nick.”

Meaden and Suleyman offered Mason £50,000 for 40% stakes, while Jones offered the same amount for a 35% stake. The investors gave Mason the opportunity to buy back equity later, which would reduce their stake to 25% of the business.

Mason, who used to work in advertising, started out cooking baked beans himself and now sells products at Fortnum and Masons, Selfridges and Ocado.

“Essentially we are now ready and prime for growth in the multiples,”​ he told the Dragons.

“Every day three million Brits eat baked beans. You see, we love baked beans but our tastes are changing.

“Tinned baked beans are in decline but yet premium chilled ready meals are absolutely booming.”

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1 comment

Its not the beans Nick wants

Posted by Andy,

It was a great pitch from Ben Mason but not sure the beans are the reason Nick bought in, he's invested 50,000 in having Ben on board, may be a shrewd move

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