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.