Date: 22nd August 2011
August 22nd 2011 - The creator of an ingenious device which provides a temporary fix to burst water pipes has won the Scottish heat of The Pitch 2011, BusinessZone.co.uk's search for Britain’s best new companies. Ross Dickinson, founder of Kibosh, won over three expert judges in the grand surroundings of Edinburgh’s Signet Library. The event, organised in association with print and digital services company Yell, was an official part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Dickinson was judged by Karen Darby, a serial entrepreneur; Carl Hopkins, marketing expert and star of Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire and Amanda Boyle, Bloom VC founder and non-executive director at Young Enterprise Scotland.
The entrepreneur’s invention is a device which can be clamped around damaged pipe work to provide a temporary repair solution in an emergency.
An enthusiastic pitch and an original and innovative product secured Dickinson, who has been a plumber for 10 years, a place in the grand final of The Pitch 2011 at London’s Pacha night club on 18 November. The overall champion will receive £50,000 worth of business support.
As well as his victory, Norma Corlette, a serial entrepreneur and speaker at The Pitch Scotland, agreed to mentor Dickinson for the final.
Carl Hopkins says: “It is fair to say that the initial submission from Ross of Kibosh almost read as too good to be true. But following a very competent pitch presentation he demonstrated the simple and effectiveness of his Kibosh invention. An invention borne from necessity and real experience. Here is a man who has spotted a very specific but common problem and solved it in an innovative and memorable way. I always ask myself two questions, would I buy it or would I invest in it and the answer this time on both accounts was a resounding yes.”
Finalists from England and Wales have also already been selected.
Cara Sayer, creator of SnoozeShade will represent England and Helen McAvoy and Naomi Kibble, co-founder of Rocktails will represent Wales.
The remaining regional finalist will be decided at the Northern Ireland heat in Belfast on 21 September. Small business owners can still enter at The Pitch 2011/enter. Entrepreneurs who would like to be in the audience can register for free at The Pitch 2011/national-heats.
The prize package for The Pitch 2011 champion includes advertising solutions from Yell, 12 months mentoring from Karen Darby, a year’s membership of the Forum of Private Business and London private members club Adam Street and £3,000 worth of brand consultancy.
Journalists are welcome to attend all heats and the grand final of The Pitch 2011. For more information contact Meg Pope on meg.pope[at]siftmedia[dot]co.uk or 0117 915 9615.
Full details about The Pitch 2011 are at www.thepitch2011.com.
The Pitch 2011 is an initiative by Sift Media, in association with Yell.
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Yell Group is a leading provider of print and digital services within the emerging local eMarketplace for consumers and SMEs across its operations in the UK, US, Spain and some countries in Latin America.
Building on its strong presence in the local market through its current digital and print portfolio, Yell is developing a broad range of digital services tailored to the converging needs of SMEs and consumers.
These address both the SME need to grow, transact and be efficient in the digital world, and the consumers’ need to connect locally to the goods and services they want, in a way which saves them time and money, and moves their lives forward.
In the year ended 31 March 2011, Yell Group had 1.3 million SME customers.