Tuesday September 22, 2020

Leaving the Dragons behind

Luxury shoe designer Jane Rafter won £75,000 of investment on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, before giving all the money back. Here she explains why going it alone has been her best business decision yet

24th July, 2010

Jane Rafter was never a natural businesswoman.

The shoe designer, who came up with the concept for Slinks - luxury sandals with detachable upper designs - three years ago, had always been more comfortable working on the creative side of her company.

Then a call from the BBC1 8 months ago changed that. Having won an award for British Consumer Invention of the Year, Rafter - who studied fashion at the National College of Art...

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