In Nov 2006 I was exhibiting and the British Inventors Show in Alexandre Palace in London.
On the stall next to me was Trevor Bayliss. Trevor has been a very supportive contct for me in the past.
BBC Dragons Den also had a stall there.
They approached me and asked if I would consider putting my invention on the show.
I agreed, and an audition was done there and then at the show. I was told they would contact me.
A few weeks later they did.
They said audition was great,They loved the product and me,
and asked would I come along to the London Studio in Tanner Street, to make a full Presentation and filming in front of the Dragons. They also wanted lots of DUE DILLIGENCE
material.. copy of patents, invoices, qualifications, certificates./. and of all a full three years businesss forecast ideally certified by a qualified firm Of accountant..The price quoted for this was over Â£5000.!
I did not have the money so opted for a shortened version costing Â£1500
None of which were ever even shown to the Dragons.
The filming went well, all the Dragons were impressed none actually
made me an offer but Duncan Bannantyne was so impressed he ordered one there and then.
After months of anxious waiting an hour before the last program was
due to be released the BBC telephoned me and said they would not be able to transmit the program.
The reason they said was there was not the right material in the (almost 1 hour film) to edit to and make the 10 minutes they needed.They ran out of time they said.
They have since had a further year to make any edits needed and put it on the current series... if they are honest in their reasons.[/
[/b]My invention (Floodcheck) is a tried and tested product,[/b] and really does ,save water,and energy, I cannot see how the BBC could, select some of the stupid products they did over mine
I was very annoyed at them wasting so much of my time.
On the day I made my film in London WED 29th Nov 2006
there were at leat another six inventors showing their products. [b]I can't recall seeing any if these either on AIR. Was the material in all these also unsuitable? I dont think so!
At a time when the BBC is under presure to save cost.. I am amazed at waste of money, and complete lack of consideration for the inventors and waste of money.
The contract with the BBC makes it clear that there is no guarantee of the film being aired. But Considering they contacted me..they saw the audition, had a sample of the product...asked me to attend for a full day..filming and the expense they put me through, I would say that there would have to be a pretty important reason why the film was not shown..
I think this practice is most unprofessional and a lot more common than the BBC are willing to admit.
I am sure other inventors have had the same experiences.I am trying to contact these others to ask them.Thanks.
My Invention by the way is the Floodcheck.It monitors water flow to property and turns it off if a fault occurs. see http://www/floodcheck.co.uk
or call me on 07803 071001 bill saint.Thanks for your time