Tej Lalwani, CEO of vitamin supplements company Vitabiotics has been signed up by the BBC as a ‘Dragon’ on its long-running business show ‘Dragons’ Den’.
Lalwani replaces Steve Parish, who quit the show after a short-stint due to his commitments with Crystal Palace Football Club.
On his decision to step down, Parish said, “On reflection, I have come to the conclusion that I couldn’t give Dragons’ Den the time and commitment the show needs and that the entrepreneurs deserve, therefore I have decided to give up my Dragons’ seat to someone else.”
Lalwani added, “I’m very excited to be joining the Dragons’ Den line-up. I’m a shrewd investor and I’m looking forward to finding hard working, passionate people to share my business experience and knowledge with.”
Lalwani will take his seat for the 15th series of ‘Dragons’ Den’ alongside returning Dragons Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman and new Dragon Jenny Campbell.
Under Lalwani’s leadership Vitabiotics has expanded to its current size where its products are sold in over 100 countries worldwide and produces many of the UK’s number one selling vitamins including Wellwoman, Wellman, Perfectil and Pregnacare. The company has also been awarded Boots’ Supplier of the Year award and the Queen’s Award for Innovation.