Young entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den winner Jordan Daykin is urging fellow inventors who work in trade professions to turn their great ideas into reality by entering next month’s Travis Perkins Innovation Awards (TPIA).
The 20-year-old – who became the youngest entrepreneur to win investment from Deborah Meaden on the TV show in 2014 – and his successful £14 million firm 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.
Daykin, who started GripIt fixings from his garden shed at the age of 13, said: “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!
Entries to the first-ever TPIA, which is open to anyone working in the construction industry, closes on June 30.
For further information or to enter the award visit www.tpia.co.uk.