Urging entrepreneurs to shout about their innovative ideas
24 May 2016
Jordan Daykin, a success on Dragons’ Den, is urging inventors to turn ideas into reality by entering the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards (TPIA) before the 30 June.
Now a £14 million business, Jordan and his GripIt fixings are testament to the importance of innovation and making the most of any opportunity to turn an idea into reality. Travis Perkins plc, the UK’s largest distributor of building materials, launched TPIA to discover and nurture ideas similar to GripIt fixings, with a focus on moving the industry forward and solving the everyday frustrations of trade professionals.
Jordan commented: “My only choice was to go on television to secure investment, develop my product, and get a foot in the door with national stockists; I would have loved an audience with TP and would have jumped at the chance to enter these awards if they were around when I first started!
“Travis Perkins plc is offering the chance for anyone with a great idea to go straight to them – this is really a great opportunity that could change someone’s life.”
Jordan started GripIt fixings from his garden shed when he was only 13. His universal plaster board fitting secured investment from Deborah Meaden on Dragons’ Den in 2014 and has since become a business worth £14 million. His product is even stocked in companies within Travis Perkins plc, including Travis Perkins and Wickes.
The closing date for entries to the first ever TPIA is 30th June 2016. Open to anyone in the construction industry, as well as inventors, universities, students, and colleagues from across Travis Perkins plc, entries can be simple sketches to detailed proposals.
Prizes may include financial investment and business support for product and idea development, an opportunity to trial products in selected Travis Perkins plc locations around the UK, or business mentoring and support from Travis Perkins plc’s senior team.
Organised by the Innovate team at Travis Perkins plc, the main sponsor is Marshalls, the UK’s leading innovator of hard landscaping, water management and street furniture products.
For further information or to enter the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards visit www.tpia.co.uk.