Shortchanged in Dragons' Den - the real story of Sockitz
By Gary Hayers & Joe Robinson
Thursday 31st October 2019
What inspired the creation of Sockitz?
It was Richard's time managing rewires in the social housing sector, which inspired the creation of Sockitz. Electricians needed to attend site multiple times during the rewiring process. Obviously, for the rewire itself, then another visit to loosen sockets and perform safe isolation for other trades. Painters, plasterers and tilers all need electrical accessories removing from the wall to allow them to create a high-quality finish. While this is not a significant issue in a new build, in occupied homes, tenants need power restoring as soon as possible.
This urgency created additional problems. "I'd often receive phone calls from tenants who had lost power. Fitting sockets on to newly plastered walls often lead to nuisance tripping of RCD's - meaning yet another visit to the site" says Richard.
Image courtesy: of Simon Billingham via twitter
VIDEO: The full pitch for Sockitz safety shield
The Sockitz solution
VIDEO: Richard in action on BBC Dragons' Den
Electrical products in Dragons' Den
Socktiz joins a growing list of electrical and construction products which have secured investment in the Den. Some have faded away, and others continue to be successful. The current industry favourite is Syncbox from 2015. Syncbox is a recessed power and AV connector which hides the mass of connections to LCD TVs.
Chocbox - Series 5 episode 8 - 2007
Magnamole - Series 7 episode 2 - 2009
Marxman - Series 14 episode 4
Syncbox Series 13 episode 3 - 2015
Sockitz - Series 17 episode 6
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