AN entrepreneur from Allendale who runs a food condiments company appeared on popular hit business TV show Dragons’ Den last weekend.

Lizzy Hodcroft, who was raised in Tynedale and founded The Sweet Beet, could be seen on Sunday night’s show pitching her products in front of a full table of the infamous dragons.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lizzy said: “If you told me just two years ago that I would be watching myself pitch to the Dragons, I would have never believed you.

“I’ve surprised myself with the growth and development I have undertaken both in business, but also in my own self-discovery. Being picked just to pitch to the Dragons was already a massive milestone. But to have the chance to share my story on the BBC programme makes me feel incredibly privileged and I loved the experience.”

Despite not securing investment from the Dragons this time, she said the experience had inspired her to make 2019 a record year for The Sweet Beet.

The business has already grown this year with its products now being stocked in more than 100 farm and deli stores in the UK, including the global supermarket chain, Wholefoods. And her appearance came on the back of her being crowned as the North East Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the second year running.

“There’s no terror quite like standing in front of the Dragons for the first time” Lizzy said. “I might not have walked away with any money but I also didn’t get pulled apart.

“Regardless of my pitch, I feel like I was able to connect to the Dragons and they confirmed that I was on the track to success.”