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[ 8 Jul 2016 | No Comment ]

Your family is precious, we all want the time we spend away from our partner and children to feel worth it, and for the time we spend together to be of quality. A few years ago I realised I had lost that perspective. I found myself rushing everywhere, kids hanging on for dear life, me shouting and feeling generally like I was doing a sub-standard job of all of it. That is why, when I started on my entrepreneurial adventure (and with the help of a great therapist!) I was …

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[ 12 May 2016 | No Comment ]

My name is Dora, I am a mum of two and I have been developing a unique baby product for a few years. I came up with the idea when I struggled to give medicine to my children when they were babies.
I found 15 types of medicine dispensers: soft syringes, dummy dispensers, syringe bottles and many more but none were good enough. Some were too messy, some too difficult to use, some not suitable for babies that don’t take dummies or bottles, some simply ineffective. That’s when I came up …

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[ 21 Aug 2015 | No Comment ]

BlindSides, the handy solution to block out light down the sides of blackout roller blinds, has won the latest round of Jojo Maman Bebe’s ‘Invent with Tom’ competition. BlindSides was the runaway leader of the online poll, garnering nearly two thirds of the vote and will now be stocked in Jojo Maman Bebe’s stores and online.
Nursery retailer Jojo Maman Bebe has been running this national competition in conjunction with Tom Pellereau, winner of the 2011 BBC Apprentice programme, to provide inventors of nursery products the chance to reach a broader …

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[ 21 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

A competition to find the best ‘Bright Ideas’ to create a better life for people affected by dementia in Scotland has been launched today. The competition is being run by the Life Changes Trust, an independent charity set up with a Big Lottery Fund endowment of £50 million to improve the lives of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people.
The challenge is to come up with a new and innovative approach or idea for something that would improve the lives of people who …

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[ 21 Oct 2013 | No Comment ]
Create and sell your own product: Start to sell wholesale

Once you have your wholesale information ready, pick a few smaller retailers to try it out on. Find out who is responsible for buying your sort of product. Larger companies have different buyers for different departments or categories. Each buyer may only look for new products at certain times of the year, and there is no guarantee that they want to widen their product range in your product area. Big retailers have forms and regulations that they will want you to comply with, if they want to buy your …

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[ 14 Oct 2013 | No Comment ]

Once you have plans for product manufacturing in place, how will you sell your product? You may want to set up your own website or store and sell direct to consumers, but most people also end up selling an invention wholesale. The advantages are that you can shift larger volumes, and distribution costs come down if you send several hundred or thousand products to one destination. Think about the packaging for each item, and how to distribute large quantities without the products getting damaged.
Wholesale buyers
Start by working out which …

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[ 7 Oct 2013 | No Comment ]
Create and sell your own product: Manufacturing your invention

Once you have thought about protecting your product, you need to get it made. It may be something you can make yourself. This is a low risk way to build up your business gradually. Once your business grows, you may want to recruit outworkers.
Manufacturers
If your item cannot be made at home, you will need to find a manufacturer. This can take considerable research, ingenuity and negotiation. Start by talking to your local enterprise agency. Look in local directories for manufacturing companies near you, as that can cut delivery costs. …

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[ 30 Sep 2013 | No Comment ]
Create and sell your own product: How to work with Outworkers

Outworkers are usually self employed and often work on a ‘piecework’ basis, where you pay them for each item they make, or by the hour. You need to have a contract with each outworker, and provide clear information about the standards you expect. Outworkers are usually self employed. Set up a simple form for them to complete stating how many items they have made. Then get them to invoice you for the amount you owe them. You inspect their work and then pay. You can supply work to the outworkers …

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[ 20 Sep 2013 | No Comment ]

Depending what you are making, your product may need to be tested or examined. Trading Standards offers information on regulations in areas such as labelling of textiles, cosmetic products, and the safety of consumer goods. Talk to the British Standards Institute to find out what standards might apply. They also offer product testing. Look at competitors to see if they make claims that their products live up to certain standards, and check whether these are mandatory or just good for marketing. You may want to mark your product with the …

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[ 6 Sep 2013 | No Comment ]

Find out how to ensure that your idea or invention will lead to a marketable product.
Founder of She’s Ingenious Cally Robson suggests caution, “Don’t rush in! Computer aided drawings (CAD) won’t help sell your idea to anyone, contrary to claims made by some services advertising on the web, and they often aren’t technical enough to be useful towards a manufacturing prototype.” She continues, “Do as much prototyping of your design yourself first – fabbing sites like Ponoko.com or Shapeways.com can be useful.” If you need to create a prototype. …