On Sunday 31st July, The BBC aired the first episode of Dragons' Den series 9. The episode saw entrepreneur and former futures trader Georgette Hewitt secure £60,000 of investment from Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis for her unique interactive children's gift-giving website, ThePresentClub.co.uk.
Peter Jones with Georgette Hewitt after a successful pitch in the Den
Despite a nerve-wracking and difficult experience in the Den, Georgette managed to secure the investment she needed to improve the website and for marketing, offering 30% of the company in return. The Present Club's unprecedented concept allows children to 'wish-list' their ideal present and subsequently invite family and friends to contribute in the lead up to birthdays and Christmas, removing the hassle of shopping for token gifts and providing children with the opportunity to receive a gift that may otherwise be out of reach.
Georgette Hewitt, Director of ThePresentClub.co.uk, said: "I am delighted that Peter and Theo saw the potential of The Present Club and have decided to invest in the business which I am completely passionate about and I will continue to work hard to ensure it becomes a success."
Peter Jones who now owns a 15% share in the company, said: "The idea behind the Present Club is fantastic and although Georgette struggled with her pitch in the Den, the strength of the business, and what she has already achieved was what really stood out". For more information please visit my portfolio or www.ThePresentClub.co.uk