Thursday 19 July 2018

'Utterly lolling at the pencil pitch' - Dragon's Den inventor of pint-sized pencils is slammed by viewers

Photo: BBC
Photo: BBC
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Last night’s series opener of BBC Dragon’s Den proved a hit with viewers.

The millionaire Dragons were asked to ponder the investment opportunity in pint-sized pencils, over-sized beanbags, and a boot-cleaning device invented by a 15 year-old football fan.

Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Sarah Willingham and Nick Jenkins took their seats to meet a fresh batch of hopeful entrepreneurs.

And none delighted, or baffled, the show’s fans more than the inventor of the small pencil.

Selling his invention, Write Size, Managing Director Ross Williams and Operations Manager Surlender Pendress said the product would make it easier for children to learn how to write.

The pencils have been developed, to scale, for children aged two to 10+.

Mr Ross described his experience on the programme as "a real eye opener".

"We have taken the feedback on board. We are approaching a very exciting time with the product and brand. Who knows where this will lead us.”

But viewers, savvy to the age-old invention known as the pencil sharpener, were left feeling utterly perplexed...

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