Monday 24 October 2016

Dragons' star Sarah Willingham 'took her babies to work'

Published 12/09/2016 | 00:06

Dragons' Den star Sarah Willingham never took maternity leave.
Dragons' Den star Sarah Willingham never took maternity leave.
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Dragons' Den star Sarah Willingham has revealed she never took maternity leave.

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The mother-of-four and multimillionaire businesswoman said she was so busy after giving birth to her babies that she would breastfeed them in meetings.

"I asked if anyone had a problem, and they never did," she explained.

"In order for me to continue running the businesses, the babies needed to come with me wherever I went. So I always needed to work."

Willingham and her husband Michael have now set off on a year-long adventure across the globe, along with their children - Minnie, 10, Monti, eight, Nelly, six and five-year-old Marly.

The 42-year-old, who made her fortune with restaurant chain Bombay Bicycle Club, told Hello! magazine: "For me, as a mum, this is such a precious time with the kids .

"They still think we're cool, they still choose us over their mates and I feel I'm bottling a period of our life that we'll never forget."

The family have started their travels in Canada, but the children will be educated along the way, joining schools and also being home-schooled.

"How could you not come back enriched?" she said.

"We're so open to new experiences, I think a lot will influence us. I'm sure we'll laugh and cry more than we ever expected to."

Willingham has appeared in BBC Two series Dragons' Den since 2015.

:: Read the full interview in Hello! magazine, out now.

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