MARCH: Dragons Den give backing to Fenland duo's new electrical invention
EXCLUSIVE By TOM JACKSON AN electrician and a salesman, both from March, have secured funding potentially worth thousands of pounds after attracting the support of two Dragons Den dragons. Jonathan Chandler and Adam Triggs Fast Fix Box is currently a pr
By TOM JACKSON
AN electrician and a salesman, both from March, have secured funding potentially worth thousands of pounds after attracting the support of two Dragons' Den dragons.
Jonathan Chandler and Adam Triggs' Fast Fix Box is currently a prototype, but could soon be set for mass production with the backing of entrepreneurs James Caan and Duncan Bannatyne - stars of the hit BBC show Dragons' Den.
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Mr Chandler said: "It is a dead-simple product that was born out of frustration."
The prototype was built by electrician Mr Chandler about five years ago. It fixes directly to wall frames, prior to fitting dry lining in new-build homes and extensions, by using joins similar to those used for puzzles.
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Currently, electricians wait until walls have been dry-lined, to track down loose wiring within walls and install the sockets.
Mr Chandler said: "Electricians waste a lot of time making sure the socket boxes are fitted level and in places where we will not drill through wires.
"This product takes those problems away because the box is installed prior to the dry lining process - all builders then have to do is make a hole in the wall for us to complete the installation."
Mr Triggs, a salesman, said: "Our calculations work out this product could save the trade millions of pounds every year, purely through the time it will save to install a standard socket box."
The backing fee was secured by Mr Chandler and Mr Triggs in July.
They met Mr Caan and Mr Bannatyne after talking to electrical entrepreneur Peter Moule, who secured funding from the Dragons last year for an innovative wiring connector.
The deal also led to a brief television appearance on the BBC2 show Duncan Bannatyne's Story, first aired on November 23.
Mr Triggs said: "It is potentially a life-changing product.