Dragon's support for former den colleague
Published 16/02/2011 | 05:00
'DRAGON'S Den' star Sean Gallagher has offered words of encouragement to his former TV colleague Sarah Newman.
Last week it emerged that DJ Carey Enterprises -- of which Newman and her partner, hurling star DJ Carey, are the directors -- is €1.7m in debt and facing possible collapse.
However, her fellow Dragon from the RTE programme said that they are typical of people whose businesses are being challenged at the moment.
"It's a traumatic time, not just in business but for people personally as well," Gallagher said.
"I sent Sarah an email just wishing her and DJ the best. What I say generally to entrepreneurs is in Ireland we have a negative attitude to businesses that get into difficulty. In America, if you fail it's a badge of honour, a stepping stone to your ultimate success; but in Ireland we tend to brand people a failure unfairly."
The 48-year-old was speaking at the launch of 'Generation Next', a competition in which third-level students are invited to submit ideas on how to introduce entrepreneurship as a subject in primary school classrooms.
The new eight-part series of 'Dragons' Den' starts this Sunday on RTE1.