Tec Hub welcomed both BBC South Today and BBC Radio Solent to its space last week following member David Overton’s SplashMaps pitch for investment on Dragons’ Den on the 31st July.
Despite not receiving the investment he was looking for from the dragons, a chance encounter with the founder of cosmetics company Lush means that business is looking up for David and SplashMaps.
Mark Constantine placed an initial order for 1,800 maps of Europe’s five largest city break destinations, which are currently being sold as washable, fabric wraps for Lush’s range of solid-state toiletries, allowing customers to breeze through security at the airport and have a handy guide once they touch down.
Speaking to South Today’s business correspondent Alastair Fee, David said:
“(Working with Mark) means a lot more than the Dragons in actual fact, because he believes in the product enough to place it alongside his own, in which he has invested a lot of heart and heartache.
“He knows that he can make a good profit to benefit all of us, and help us to become an ethical business like Lush.”
Click here to catch up with David’s appearance on Dragons’ Den via BBC iPlayer for a limited time, and scroll through the gallery below of photos taken during the BBC’s two visits to Tec Hub.
Photos by Harry Usborne and James Hibberd