A Surrey entrepreneur wowed Dragons' Den fans as she managed to bag three investors for her new company. The reality show returned for its 20th series on Thursday (January 6) as a new set of plucky entrepreneurs faced the Dragons.

Lucy Rout, 28, pitched her stylishly designed pill cases and sought a £50,000 investment. Not only did she secure all the money, but she also walked away with three Dragon investors, including Touker Suleyman and Sara Davies.

The third investor, Peter Jones, was so impressed that he even offered Lucy, who is from Esher but lives in London, a job in one of his companies. Viewers soon took to Twitter to give their thoughts on the pill cases, called Tabuu.

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User Wheezer said: "Really glad that I watched tonight's episode as I'm ordering a Tabuu tablet case in the next week. It looks lovely and just what I need to carry my tablets on the go." While Anna Davidson was also impressed and commented: "Loving the tabuu pitch too @SteveBartlettSC on #DragonsDen - ideal product for Amazon too!"

Another user called John Harvey also raved about Lucy and wrote: "What a wonderful - and incredibly inspiring - start to @BBCDragonsDen... How fabulous and inspirational Lucy is - and what a wonderful product..." Stephen Pollard tweeted some positive thoughts as well: "Watching #DragonsDen and the very first pitch is a product I've been after without even realising it.

"I have to take pills during the day and have a mangy plastic case. But ⁦@tabuupillcases look brilliant! Just ordered one."

SurreyLive spoke to Lucy about her success in front of the Dragons. She said: "I was very nervous going in the and went in at a very early stage of my business. I nearly pulled out of going through fear of not feeling good enough or ready.

"But I'm really pleased that I went ahead with it - it was an outcome I could have only ever dreamed of achieving and I really hope that in going in I have inspired others to not let fear hold them back. And if you believe in something passionately then you should always believe in yourself and at least try.

"I've been inundated with people on Twitter who have had similar medical experiences to me but also people who are opening up and discussing their medication, which is the brand mission. And I feel really proud to have received hundreds of messages from those that are either struggling from lack of confidence or imposter syndrome and now feel inspired to start their own business.

"I feel really privileged and delighted about the outcome but I think for me the real win was to have hopefully inspired some others and to make 2023 the year that we start believing in ourselves."

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