Direct Sitters, House Sitting Agency
Inspired by The Wright Stuff:
CEO Marcus Simpson came up with the idea for Direct Sitters in 2009 after another idea he had for a company didn’t work out. Feeling a bit depressed, early one morning as he was watching the TV show The Wright Stuff, a segment in the show suggesting ways to earn extra cash gave him the inspiration to start his own business. One of the suggestions was to do “house sitting” for people who go away on holiday. At the time he wasn’t working and a few days later his mother asked him to wait for a plumber. This got him thinking. What do other people who have to go to work do in this situation? How do they deal with waiting for plumbers, deliveries or engineers and what sacrifices do they make? So he decided that instead of doing house sitting for holidays he would start a company that would solve the problem of people waiting for plumbers, engineers and home deliveries.
- Cyclehoop Ltd, a company that designs cycle parking products. PHOTOGRAPH: PR
Every cloud has a silver lining: Anthony Lau founded Cyclehoop Ltd in 2008. He was inspired to design the Cyclehoop after his bike was stolen by a thief who lifted it over the top of a signpost it was chained to. The Cyclehoop can be retrofitted onto signposts, lamp posts, bollards and railings within minutes creating secure cycle parking spaces without the need for digging and concreting. The design has since gone on to win the Reinventing the Bike Shed competition and has been adopted by more than 30 local authorities within the UK and overseas. Five years on, Cyclehoop Ltd have designed more than 15 cycle parking products which are made in Britain and sold worldwide.
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