Former Bryanston School student secures £50,000 investment from Dragons' Den star Sara Davies

Flinty Bane and business partner Ben Barter appear on the BBC's Dragons' Den.,

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: March 26, 2024 | Updated: 25th March 2024

A former sixth form student at Bryanston School in Dorset received a £50,000 investment after appearing on the BBC Dragons’ Den.

Entrepreneur Flinty Bane created tech start-up SKIN with business partner, Ben Barter.

They secured investment from ‘dragon’ Sara Davies after appearing on the hit TV show’s March 21 edition.

The money will help their skin-care and beauty price comparison app reach a global market.

The two friends brought their money-saving concept to life during the first lockdown.

The app is designed to give consumers access to the very best deals in skincare, make-up, fragrance, hair care and grooming products.

Their pitch resonated with Sara Davies.

She jumped at the chance to back the business – which is connected with thousands of brands and the UK’s biggest beauty retailers – offering £50,000 for a ten per cent share of the company.

Flinty said: “Entering the Den was unbelievably exciting and nerve-wracking.

“We do have plenty of experience pitching for investment – but presenting to a row of high-profile investors on TV is a totally different ball-game.

“I’ve watched Dragons’ Den since the early days and was delighted when Sara joined the show, bringing a refreshing professional slant.

“I’m over the moon that we’re going to be working alongside Sara to grow our business.

“I believe SKIN is going to revolutionise the way we shop for beauty – with Sara’s backing, there’s no stopping us”

Co-founder Ben said: “When Sara made us an offer we were absolutely elated.

“It was clear that she understood our business and mission.

“As a target user, she could instantly recognise the joy and benefits our app will bring to beauty consumers.”

Sara Davies, pictured with Flinty and Ben, said: “I love the simplicity of Flinty and Ben’s concept.

“Comparison sites and apps are the norm in so many other retail sectors, so why not beauty?

“I can’t wait to work with the duo to support and mentor them through the next exciting step, taking SKIN to consumers around the world.”

The March 21 edition of Dragons’ Den can be seen on BBC iPlayer.

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