Motorcycling featured prominently on this week’s edition of the BBC show Dragons’ Den, when Bristol entrepreneur Chris Frappell secured £75,000 of investment for his invention designed to simplify the often onerous task of chain tensioning.
After riding into the den on his Triumph Street Triple, the 26-year-old engineering graduate gave a composed presentation of his Tru-Tension Chain Monkey tensioner, which not only makes the task of adjusting the chain easier, but also more accurate – giving optimum performance, longevity and economy.
Chris was able to secure offers from three of the five Dragons – serial investor Deborah Meaden, keen motorcyclist Jenny Campbell and retail expert Touker Suleyman. In the end the inventor chose to partner with Suleyman, whose other business interests in the bicycle market was also seen as highly complementary to the existing business.
Speaking of the investment, Frappell said: “Everything has happened so quickly since securing investment from Touker, it’s been a pleasure to work with him and his experienced team who have added so much value in such little time. Our brand will soon be available in Halfords and many other national retailers, with many new products now on the horizon much sooner than we could have hoped.”
Suleyman added: “Chris should be immensely proud of the brand he has built with very little external help. It’s very impressive. Now it’s time for us to take things to the next level. Watch this space!”
As well as the innovative chain tensioner, the entrepreneur also has a complementary range of lubricants and cleaning products under the Tru-Tension brand.
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