Successful Dragon’s Den investor and UK entrepreneur, Deborah Meaden, has been announced as the key note speaker at Devon Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Dinner 2016.

Taking place on Thursday 19th May at Sandy Park, Exeter, Devon Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Dinner will bring together business leaders from across the county for an evening of black tie networking, including a three course dinner and a motivational key note speech.

The successful female entrepreneur will join Devon Chamber of Commerce and an expected audience of 500 business people at Sandy Park on Thursday 19th March to give a ‘Dragon’s eye view’ of business. Having left school after O-Levels, Deborah studied at business college before launching her own business at the age of 19. Throughout her career Deborah has embarked on a number of other business ventures and worked her way up to further her career through a variety roles within Weststar Holidays, growing the business and undertaking a management buyout before selling the company in 2005. Deborah joined the panel for series three of BBC 2 programme ‘Dragons Den’ and has since invested in a number of businesses. Today Deborah’s portfolio of investments ranges from a market research company to Value My Stuff, an online valuation service.

Deborah Meaden said: “I am delighted to be speaking at Devon Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Dinner. Devon has a vibrant, thriving economy and I look forward to sharing a ‘Dragon’s eye view’ of business with the guests present on the evening. Having lived and worked in the South West I’m familiar with the challenges that Devon businesses face and hope to share some advice and pointers from my own experiences that will be of use to those businesses looking to grow.” Previous Chamber Annual Business Dinners have welcomed a variety of high profile business speakers including Wayne Hemingway, Alex Polizzi, Ruby Wax and Jo Fairley.

Suzi Cumberland, Head of Operations for Devon Chamber of Commerce said: “The Chamber is really looking forward to welcoming Deborah Meaden as our key note speaker at this year’s Annual Business Dinner. The Annual Dinner is a highlight in the Chamber’s calendar attracting businesses from around the county to celebrate a successful year in business. Having welcomed high profile speakers to this event over the past 6 years, we’re confident that Deborah will provide an interesting and motivating speech which the business community of Devon will enjoy.”

Attendees at the Chamber’s upcoming Excellence in Devon business conference on Friday 11th March will receive 10% off tickets. Tickets are still available for the Excellence in Devon business conference and can be found on the Chamber website along with information on the Annual Business Dinner here