I was on Dragons' Den – show bosses left me scrambling with bombshell news after my audition | The Sun

TWO contestants who appeared on Dragons' Den have revealed they were left scrambling to perfect their pitch as bosses gave them just a few days notice.

The hit BBC One show sees entrepreneurs present their business ideas to the five tycoons in a bid to get their backing – and cash.

They are Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones, Touker Suleyman, Sara Davies and Steven Bartlett.

While it may seem like the contestants have spent considerable time getting their pitch together, for one couple that wasn't the case.

Richard and Fiona Jones – who run a unique coffee business – applied to take part after watching the programme as fans.

The audition process saw them take part in multiple interviews including speaking to the producers.

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The married couple were initially told if they were successful in their application they'd receive plenty of notice prior to filming.

"They say they'll give you about five weeks notice as to when you'll be in the studio," they explained to The Sun.

However, that wasn't the case and they were left scrambling after receiving a call from show bosses.

The pair said: "They phoned us up on a Thursday evening and said 'you haven't got five weeks' notice you've got five days – you need to be up here next Tuesday.

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"So we thought we'd have loads of time to start preparing or practicing what we were gonna take on but in the end it was quite rushed."

Despite the rush to put their pitch together, they said it worked out for the best as they "didn't have five weeks to panic we had five days".

Meanwhile, they also revealed how viewers at home are unaware of one element as contestants pitch to the BBC panel.

They said: "Your pitch at the beginning has to be word perfect so we had a screen that shows certain words within our pitch that cued the screen to move on.

"So we really had to kind of make sure that we presented our pitch exactly how it was written so that was quite nerve-wracking."

Fiona and Richard run Beans Coffee Club, which aims to make it easy for coffee lovers to enjoy freshly roasted coffee at home while discovering the UK's best roasters.

The unique experience sees their customers find the best tasting beans which have been matched to their personal preferences in just 30 seconds.

And they successfully won over not one but two of the dragons as Deborah Meaden and Steven Bartlett both invested in the business.

Dragons' Den airs on BBC One and is available on iPlayer.

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