A CHESTER couple who created a unique mobile phone safety accessory in their own front room have secured a business investment of £75,000 from Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.
Emma Jones and Mark Ferguson, founders of a firm called myBunjee, appeared on the BBC’s 10th series of the entrepreneurial show on Sunday and convinced the Dragon to invest in their mobile phone accessory, which prevents handsets from being lost, damaged or stolen.
The pair agreed to give the businessman a 35% stake in their firm in return for his investment.
Emma, who lives in Boughton, said: “Appearing on Dragons’ Den was a fantastic experience and we’re very pleased to have secured an investment from someone as knowledgeable and high-profile as Peter Jones.
“Mobile phones are often full of personal information, they’re usually worth a lot of money and we know that most people would struggle to get by without one, so when you consider an estimated 20,000 mobile phones are lost, damaged or stolen in the UK every single day, it makes sense to invest in something which keeps them safe.
“That’s exactly what myBunjee does and that’s why it has such a strong appeal, so we’re confident that with Peter’s support, we’ll be able to increase awareness of the brand and drive the business forward in 2013.”
myBunjee was founded 18 months ago after Emma and Mark returned from a skiing trip having realised there was no safety product to stop people on the go from losing or dropping their mobile.
From their home, the couple then designed myBunjee – a silicon loop that fits any size mobile phone, attached to a coiled cord, which is clipped to the mobile phone owner’s jacket, belt loop or bag to ensure the phone’s safety. Speaking about his backing of the product, Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones said: “I invested in myBunjee because it’s a clever, quirky product, which caught my eye straight away, because I realised finally there was something to stop me and other people from dropping or losing a mobile phone.
“I’ve smashed more phones than I care to remember and my phone is forever falling out of my pocket, but thankfully myBunjee is the solution to make sure mobile phones are kept safe all the time.” Since starting the company 18 months ago, more than 200,000 myBunjee products have been sold in 12 countries worldwide.
For more information, or to order myBunjee, visit www.mybunjee.com.