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Dragons' Den reject Marco offered PS90m for business; brum entrepreneur proves tv tycoons wrong.

Byline: ROZ LAWS Feature Writer roz.laws@trinitymirror.com

A BIRMINGHAM businessman turned down by Dragons' Den says he has been offered PS90 MILLION for his company.

Marco Hajikipri was furious when the tough TV entrepreneurs snubbed his health food business on the BBC2 show.

He told Peter Jones that he would regret his decision - and now he claims he was right.

The Dragons said he had overvalued his company at PS2 million, but Marco says he has just turned down an offer of PS90 million for Professional Gains. Marco, from Great Barr, says: "It's not worth that yet, but the potential investor has the vision to see what I could be making in a few years time.

"Unlike the Dragons," that is.

Marco, who says his latest business suitor has been a Coventry multi-millionaire, set up the business two years ago in a unit in West Bromwich, employing 20 people and preparing 7,000 healthy meals a week which are delivered to customers' doors. It has now expanded to three units and employees a total of 33 people.

He went on Dragons' Den last year, asking for PS125,000 for five per cent of the business, but they sent him away without a penny.

Marco, 28, says: "The business is now valued at around PS16 million, when the Dragons didn't even think it was worth PS2 million.

"I've certainly proved them wrong.

"I am glad they turned me down n o w because I have done very well without their help. I didn't want their money anyway, I just wanted their contacts, although I've worked hard to achieve success on my own.

"I have turned down the offer to buy the business, even at that huge figure, because I want to build it up myself. I think it's going to be worth a billion pounds.

"That's because of my multi-level marketing system which gives people the opportunity to earn money and eat for free."

Customers can just go to the website and order tailor-made fresh meals, with balanced protein, carbs, fat and vegetables. They include the likes of Italian chicken and sweet potato, salmon and brown rice or beef stew and kale, and cost an average of PS4.90.

Or they can subscribe to the Pro Gains app and also get paid a PS65 bonus each time they introduce someone else to the service.

Marco says: "All you have to do is share the app with four people, who each get four people on board and so on.

"Within three months you will be eating for free and by month seven you should be earning a minimum of PS5,277 a month.

"There's no contract so you can cancel at any time and you don't have to get other people involved if you don't want to."

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jul 26, 2017
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