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Dragons’ Den rejection to global hit for Scots inventor

Alison Grieve has landed two big UK retail deals

Scots entrepreneur and inventor Alison Grieve, who was turned down by celebrity investors on TV’s Dragons’ Den, has struck two major deals for her tablet holder.

Retail giant Curry’s is now selling her ergonomically-designed accessory, while she has also signed a distribution deal with Arthr, a company specialising in products and innovations for arthritis sufferers.

Ms Grieve was rejected by the Dragons’ Den panelists in 2016 before landing deals for the G-Hold holder with tech giants Apple and Microsoft.

The latest contracts consolidate a strong growth story which has seen revenue reach 15 times more than she requested from the television investors.

“The rollout with Curry’s is our most significant retail listing in the UK and means our products are now available in hundreds of stores across the country,” she said.

“This is hugely exciting for us. We’ve been in major USA stores since 2015, but nothing tops the truly feel-good moment when our friends and family can get their hands on a G-Hold at such a household name throughout the UK.”

She invented G-Hold tablet holders in 2015 as a follow-on from her Safetray product, which made it easier and safer for hospitality sector workers to carry trays.

As well as benefiting those with problems holding devices for medical reasons, the holder appeals to teachers and those giving presentations.

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