Mother Of Invention
Following my much publicised success on the BBC2 PROGRAM “Dragons Den” in July 2009 with my award winning cable threading invention, I have written an explosive book documenting the series of unexpected setbacks I have encountered since the show.
“Mother of Invention” – How I won Dragons Den, Lost my mind, Nearly lost my business and ended up reinventing myself published September 26th 2010, is a heartfelt expose that documents my personal struggle as a single mother, inventor and entrepreneur.
As a regular monthly contributor to “Raw Business” a magazine for entrepreneurs, I am often featured in women's magazines and invited for interviews on TV and radio as I am now a well known role model for aspiring entrepreneurs. However, the real story behind my amazing accomplishments has never been revealed until now.
“People will be amazed by what happened to me after the program. They might imagine that I was handed opportunities on a plate and received the support that I needed but the reality was far different”.
After picking up the award for “British Inventor of the Year for innovation” and with orders from some of the biggest companies in the UK I needed support and guidance to take my business to the next level. It was said I delivered the most perfect pitch ever witnessed in the history of Dragons Den and found myself in the enviable position of deciding which of the investors offers to accept. Sadly I made the wrong choice. My expectations were quickly smashed and the consequences both professionally and personally were catastrophic.
My lifelong battle with bulimia is described with searing honesty along with the dramatic breakdown and the brave steps I had to take to fight my way back to health. “I know I am tackling subjects that some people might find uncomfortable or hard to talk about, but by raising awareness hopefully I will encourage others to seek help too”.
As well as my gripping account from a personal perspective, the book contains useful advice on how to launch a new product, deal with the inevitable setbacks and describes the levels of self sufficiency that todays entrepreneur needs to embrace to survive and prosper.
Today my company is massively successful and my customer list contains some of the biggest organisation in the world. However, I have sold the majority of the company to allow me my passion and creativity to return. Book number two is now published and planning book number three.