Hawes & Curtis and Ghost owner Touker Suleyman is to join the next series of BBC’s Dragons’ Den.
Suleyman bought Jermyn Street shirt store Hawes & Curtis in 2000 and has grown its retail portfolio to 28 stores in the UK. He rescued womenswear retailer Ghost from administration in 2008 and is in the process of turning around the business.
He is also the chairman and owner of high street supplier Low Profile, which supplies Marks & Spencer and has manufacturing sites in Turkey, Georgia and Bulgaria.
He said: “It is a privilege to join the panel of Dragons’ Den and support the next generation of UK entrepreneurs.
“I am a long-standing fan of the show and would have loved to have the opportunity to stand before the Dragons in my early days. I know precisely what it takes to become a business success and I will certainly draw upon my own experiences when considering whether to invest. I can’t wait to get started and look forward to initiating new business partnerships over the coming months.”
Touker joins long-standing Dragons Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones, as well as recently announced panellists Nick Jenkins, founder of greetings card website Moonpig.com, and Sarah Willingham, the food and beverage entrepreneur known for expanding Indian restaurant chain The Bombay Bicycle Club.