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Take Cover. The Dragons are Coming

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Last night we took on the BBC's fiercest in the Dragon's Den and walked away with the support of two of the country's most successful entrepreneurs, Hilary Devey and Duncan Bannatyne.

Anne and Keith Proctor are the husband and wife team that faced the heat for Pro-Tec to represent our top selling bespoke caravan covers and motorhome covers. The pitch got underway to a nervy start but the two directors soon got into their stride when they were on familiar ground. When the Dragon's started to ask about the tailored covers their confidence won through.

Keith Proctor, Pro-Tec's Sales Director, explained "It was so strange to be in front of the people you have been watching on TV for years and no matter how much you prepare you can't help the nerves, though once they started to ask us about our products we relaxed because we are 100% sure of our covers".

Pro-Tec explained that the investment of 75,000 pounds that they were seeking would be used for new machines and techniques to further improve their leading product and more importantly they were seeking the opportunity to work with the Dragons to gain from their wide expertise to improve systems and open up new markets.

Peter Jones did not seem to see the strength of the product at first and compared it to a tarpaulin with poles and said that "it was a boring pitch" but all the Dragons' ears soon pricked up when they heard how long Pro-Tec had been making caravan and motorhome covers and the strength of the brand in the caravanning sector and Peter later said "I look a bit stupid now, I take it back.".

Eventually it got to the turn of Duncan and Hilary who questioned Anne and Keith on the details of the business. Pro-Tec were offered 75,000 pounds from both Dragons for a return of a 26pc share of the company to which they happily accepted.

Anne Proctor described the experience as "terrifying but thrilling at the same time".

A bright new future is about to start at Pro-Tec Covers and they cannot wait to work with Duncan and Hilary.

The Spotlight on Towing Covers

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There's a big debate on some of the caravan forums such as this one on Caravan Talk 

http://www.caravantalk.co.uk/community/topic/73394-side-lightsfront-towing-cover/.  We have been participating in the conversation but we'd also like to shed some light on any doubts here(excuse the pun).  Basically there appears to be a grey area over the need for towing lights, reflectors and therefore the legality of covering those lights.  Some forum users have said that they have bought non Protec Towing Covers and they have not got provisions for lights etc.

Although we are not sure on what the law is regarding lights we always prefer to be one step ahead, just in case.  All our Tailored Towing Covers come with sewn in clear light panels as we know the exact position for the lights on the new Bailey, Swift, Sterling, Buccanneer, Coachman and Eldiss shapes.  The towing protector also has reflective strips/straps. 

Not all caravans need a Tailored Towing Cover as they have a more generic shape and only need a Generic Towing Cover.  As this cover is suitable for thousands of makes and models and the towing cover is a new product we don't have all the light positions for these vans, even though we do have the patterns for their body shapes for the full caravan covers.

So are the Generic Towing Covers road legal? Yes, 100% legal.  All standard towing protectors come with a DIY Light Panel Kit which is very easy to use and gives you light panels with no sewing needed, you also get reflective straps/strips.

So the bottom line is that Protec Caravan Front Covers are perfectly legal for towing at night.

 

Peek Preview of Protec in the Den

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Well here's a photo, taken from a screenshot of last week's Dragon's Den, of our two directors looking much more serious than they usually are.  They said that it was one of the most nerve racking things that they've ever done but they started to become much more relaxed as the show went on.

The show was originally pencilled in to go out last night (4th Nov) but was replaced by Andrew Marr's Obama-What Happened to Hope? for the opcoming American elections and followed by Space Dive.  Both were extremely interesting but it means that we have to wait another week till we're on.  Who would have thought it,  the President of the USA getting priority over ProTec's world class caravan covers.   Even we can't protect against that!!

Anyway, not long to go now, we're definitely on BBC2 at 9PM on The Dragon's Den 

Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween from everyone here at Protec Covers, we found this pic of an old Sprite Caravan and yes before you ask, we do have a pattern for it! If you've got any good Halloween shots share them with us on our Facebook page, follow us clicking on the icon in the top right hand corner of the screen.

The Original Tailored Car Cover Company

Phew, just a quick note to let you know what we're up to. We've just finished the most successful show we've ever done in over 15 years manufacturing caravan and motorhome covers. The Motorhome and Caravan show at the NEC was an absolute triumph and the orders just keep rolling in.  We are doing our upmost to get the huge demand out to you ASAP though our waiting list is getting longer and longer.  If your not ordering this year due to the lead time then remember to beat the rush next year and try to get your orders in well before the winter.

Apologies to those who need their covers more urgently but demand is always immense at this time of year and this year even more than ever. We're afraid we don't offer an leap frog service as we feel that all of our clients orders are equally important and nobody likes somebody who jumps the queue. it's just not cricket.

We're sure that you now know we will be on the BBC on Dragons' Den on the 11th of November so don't forget to tune in and see Protec Covers in the Den on BBC2 at 9PM.

And if that wasn't enough our company directors, husband and wife team, Anne and Keith Proctor, just don't stop.  We're revving up for the NEC Classic Motor Show on the 16th-18th of November!!! Anne and Keith have joined forces with Covercraft to manufacture prestige car covers and bike covers here in the UK. Choose from a wide range of fabrics including the Covercraft exclusive, Weather Shield. With a huge database going back to 1890, Covercraft of Europe have got you covered. Visit us on stand 17T287 http://www.necclassicmotorshow.com/

UK PRODUCT

british manufacturerAll our covers are designed and manufactured in-house in Bradford, West Yorkshire by Protec Covers Ltd. None of our caravan or motorhome covers are  outsourced. Our material, Protex003, has been exclusively developed in the UK and we are proud to say that it continues to be  manufactured here in the UK