Dragons Den contestant GreanBase earns Diarmuid Gavin's backing for its products

A year after appearing on TV's Dragons Den, garden tool manufacturer GreanBase has won support from as far afield as Australia - and earned the backing of celebrity garden designer Diarmuid Gavin - despite turning down the dragons' offers of investment.

In October 2012 Michael and Joe Smith pitched their Wheelbarrow Booster invention on the BBC show and ultimately turned down two offers of £50,000 investment to work on their own.
 
After recently confirming international sales in Australia and interest in their new inventions across Europe, celebrity gardener Gavin has now publicly endorsed two products from their Grumpy Gardener Range showing his support for British and Irish manufacturing.
 
Director of GreanBase Joe Smith said: "To have such a name alongside our products is a huge honour, he is a critically acclaimed expert and an instantly recognisable and respected face within his field.

"Diarmuid met our Irish representatives at the beginning of the year and was impressed by the Grow Grid (a guide to growing your own vegetables) and Sea Grow (Organic Granular Seaweed Fertilizer) he then visited Northampton a few months later where he picked up a Wheelbarrow Booster.

GreanBase now has 15 products with plans to release another five in 2014.

Clients include Dobbies, Amazon, Mole Valley Farmers,Tesco's and Toolstation.


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