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Dragons' Den investment for Aberdeen chocolate business

Jamie Hutcheon on Dragon's Den
Image caption Jamie Hutcheon convinced one Dragon to invest

A man who founded an Aberdeen chocolate business has landed a £70,000 investment on the BBC Two Dragons' Den television show.

Jamie Hutcheon, 25, founded Cocoa Ooze in 2008 and now employs more than 20 staff.

He sought £70,000 for a 10% share of his business, and four of the Dragons turned him down.

But retailer Touker Suleyman offered it for 35%, which he agreed to reduce to 20% once he has his money back.

Image caption Touker Suleyman, standing, made the £70,000 offer

Mr Hutcheon's aim is to use the money for a new production unit.

He said: "It's a fantastic opportunity. I am a self-taught entrepreneur. I am 100% passionate about it."

He was 17 when he started the business in the family kitchen. The business now features a retail shop and coffee shop, as well as running parties for children.

He was described on the programme as Aberdeen's wannabe Willy Wonka, from Roald Dahl's children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

'Sigh of relief'

Mr Suleyman told him: "I think you are the business. I am going to make you an offer.

"I look forward to working with you - and eating lots of chocolate."

Mr Hutcheon said afterwards: "Getting that offer was a sigh of relief.

"I came here with nothing, I go away with a well-connected Dragon."

Image caption Personalised Dragons' Den chocolates appeared on the show

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