A father and son who walked away from a £50,000 offer for their wheelbarrow invention on Dragon’s Den are celebrating clocking up more than 25,000 sales worldwide.
The dragons slammed the attitude of Joe Smith and dad Mike when they appeared on the show last September, after Duncan Bannatyne and Hilary Devey offered to buy 50 per cent of the business.
But it would appear the pair have had the last laugh, as their GreanBase company now exports to more than 12 countries across the world, and they are all set to launch a range of new inventions.
Mr Smith, aged 33, of Kingsthorpe Hollow, Northampton, came up with the design of the wheelbarrow booster, which fits around the side of a wheelbarrow to increase its capacity.
Clients include Dobbies garden centres, and countries buying the product include the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Romania.
The new range, called Grumpy Gardener, will launch at the Glee 2013 show at the NEC in Birmingham next month.
Reflecting on the past year, Mr Smith said: “It is the steepest learning curve in the world. It has been really enjoyable, although it goes so fast, and you don’t think there are enough hours in the day.
“We’ve met so many people and are trying to plot our own path. It is a bit of a shark-infested industry,” he added.
The new range features eight inventions, and Olivia Scott, a second year graphic design student at the University of Northampton, has designed the logo for the brand.
Mr Smith said: “We work quite a lot with the University of Northampton and Moulton College, who are trying to bring new ideas and see if we can take them into the market place.”
For more information, visit www.greanbase.co.uk