Mum and Dad soften up the Dragons

Mum and Dad soften up the Dragons

A Warwickshire mum and dad defeated the dragons last night and scooped a £50,000 investment from Touker Suleyman towards their natural baby skincare brand.

Appearing on BBC’s Dragons’ Den Lauren Taylor and her husband Mark presented their brand, Kokoso Baby, to the panel.

The pair founded the range in 2014 after discovering the many benefits of raw virgin organic coconut oil on their baby’s dry and sensitive skin.

The company quickly secured a deal with Boots after entering the pharmacy chain’s Inspired by Baby competition for parents with business ideas inspired by life with their little ones.

Since then, the couple’s organic coconut oil for babies and toddlers has also launched in JoJo Maman Bébé and a host of independent baby boutiques around the UK.

In May this year, Kokoso Baby was also selected as an ambassador for the Start Up Loans Company after helping to fund business growth with a £10,000 Government-backed start up loan.

Later that month, Lauren and Mark stepped inside the famous Dragons’ Den to ask for a £50,000 investment to expand their natural baby skincare range.

After four of the five business tycoons declared themselves ‘out’ due to conflicting interests, Kokoso Baby secured funding from the one remaining investor, Touker Suleyman, in exchange for a 30% stake in the business.

Mark says: “It was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences and we’re still kicking ourselves about things we didn’t mention.

“But despite that, we were thrilled to leave the Den triumphant and can’t wait to grow the business with some Touker Time to help us. We hope to share the wonders of our amazing coconut oil skincare range with many more parents and their little ones.”



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