Updated: Jan 10

So I’ve been watching Dragons Den on the TV since it started and often wondered what it would be like to be stood in front of investors pitching a business asking for funding.

Well yesterday I got the chance to do just that.

The Mid Sussex Business Expo 2019 run by NetXP had The Tigers Pen for the first time and IBF was selected to attend.

I’d normally be a nervous wreck when it comes to things like this but having perfected my elevator pitch by mentioning it to so many people since starting my business I went in to it with a hint of confidence and hoped for the best.

I took the Hydrus with all the accessories and was able to present it in the Pen which took center stage and had the Tigers and the audience drooling over it.

I managed to get everything I needed to say across in the very short time available and was ecstatic to get such great responses from all four Tigers with mentoring from two of them and prize funding from one of them.

With meetings with the two mentors planned and two or three options to discuss I’m really excited to see what they can offer to help the business going forward.

Happy days

August 18th Littlehampton hosted their waterfront festival once more and IBF took center stage with a double pitch that was by far the most colourful stall of the event. I was joined by Susie and also Marcus from Ocean Angler with his amazing lures. The Hydrus was the main focus with various other items from the website available for visitors to buy. It was nice to see a few of the Facebook group members come down to say hello and have a cool beer. Another boat sale in the bag as well as a Paddle Board and a few other accessories sold so was a fun and worthwhile event.

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

I've just received, courtesy of Ben She from Ancheng Fishing Goods a set of iWaders. So with waders they either just don't fit my body shape or they have hideous design colours and padding that makes me look like the Michelin Man.

I was delighted to make contact with Ben on LinkedIn who offered to send me a free sample of his iWaders. They only took a few days to ship and after checking them out I'm absolutely loving them.

Super lightweight with thin but very tough neoprene materials in a colour that I'd be more than happy to wear. Launching the boat in the winter months ahead now seem all the more doable wearing these. Check out the video below.