Monday, 16 September 2013

Mayor supports local Dragon's Den Enterprise

Mayor Muir and Damien McGrane from Takker
I have publicly my pledged support for a local enterprise led by a former Irish Dragon’s Den contestant, who has contracted with local businesses Denroy Plastics and Whale (Munster Simms Engineering) and supported by South Eastern Regional College (SERC) plus Invest NI.

Entrepreneur Damien McGrane from Takker Ltd was welcomed to the Town Hall last week on Wednesday 11 September 2013 along with Patrick Hurst, Whale Managing Director and John Rainey, Denroy Plastics Chairman & Managing Director.

Takker have designed a hand-powered drilling device for hanging pictures, mirrors and much more onto any hard wall without requiring the use of electric drills, screws, hammers or nails in seconds. The fully working prototype was produced using a 3D printer supplied by Whale and the finished product will be manufactured at Denroy.

The demand for the new product is expected to be significant coming from both home and export markets. The Hard Wall Takker is already attracting serious interest from retailers and even TV shopping channels.

I am personally delighted to see such a wide range of organisations coming to together to assist in the development of a world first DIY patent pending product. It demonstrates clearly the benefits of early stage collaboration between companies and support organisations.


With 25% of the production funding required already pledged via the crowd sourcing website Kickstarter the new Takker device could soon be on our shelves bringing to an end the stress often associated with hanging items on the wall. I have already made a pledge and you too can also pledge and help make the Takker product possible by visiting http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1816874779/hard-wall-takker or www.takker.com .

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