Sheffield ice cream queen hopes to win Dragons’ cash

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Ice cream entrepreneur Yee Kwan Chan is hoping to scoop a chunk of cash from the country’s most notorious business bosses.

The mum-of-three, who started her Sheffield handcrafted ice creams and sorbet firm five years ago, will appear on TV show Dragons’ Den this Sunday.

Her business was inspired by Asian flavours and, after growing the business regionally, she wanted investment to push it further.

Yee, who is already back at work after giving birth to daughter Alexa eight weeks ago, said: “There’s only so much I can do and having a Dragon on board with any business really helps.

“It was a very scary experience, I was absolutely terrified.

“I asked my husband to come in to the boardroom with me and he said ‘no, you’re doing this alone!”

Yee started her business by doing small tasting events and trying to get feedback from potential customers, as well as appearing at events like the Sheffield Food Festival. The firm, based in the city centre, now supplies ice cream to more than 200 customers.

Yee Kwan Chan is the second local firm to be featured on Dragons’ Den inside a week after discount retailer Approved Food was on last Sunday.

Businessmen Andy Needham and Dan Cluderay were seeking £150,000 for ten per cent in their company, which is based in Parkway Close, Sheffield and sells cut-price food or drink near its sell-by date online.

The duo failed to win investment from the Dragons - who include experts Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden.

Yee, aged 38 and of Ecclesall, could not say whether she met the same fate or was successful before the show aired.

She added: “I can’t really say - you will have to watch it! I did say when I was in the Den that I wanted Peter Jones.

“It’s really good to have two local businesses on the show, we are putting Sheffield on the map.”

Dragons Den is on BBC1 on Sunday at 9pm.