Tuesday, September 20, 2011

O-Pod success on Dragons' Den: UPDATED

Those of you who watch the BBC's popular business funding programme Dragons' Den will have seen Aidan and Gemma from O-Pod last night as they sought to convince successful entrepreneurs to back their garden office business. After being turned down by most of the 'dragons', Theo Paphitis brokered a deal with them which seemed to satisfy everybody (look out for some nifty bargaining by Aidan). You can watch the programme again at the BBC's iPlayer thingy from about the 45 minute mark - it's well worth a look as it's rather exciting and you also get to see an O-Pod in real life (the dragons had a look inside one that Aidan and Gemma had made earlier).

There was certainly plenty of interest in O-Pod online too - after the programme aired, more than 500 people a minute were visiting their web site and Twitter was almost overwhelmingly backing them, while readers were contacting Shedworking for more details about the buildings.

#o-pod on #dragonsden I bought one and work in it full time - beautiful and functional - totally love it!!Mon Sep 19 21:04:42 via Twitter for iPad
UPDATE: The Manchester Evening News has reported that O-Pod has decided against going into partnership with Paphitis.Gemma is quoted saying: "The deal in the den wasn’t particularly well-suited to our small business needs because we are growing so rapidly and feel we could receive a more suitable offer. We don’t regret going on the programme because it was a really good experience, and since Monday, we have had a flurry of emails coming through wanting to know more about our eco-friendly pods."

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