Clever Nuala’s no Slouch

Nuala Lewis from Standish, with the 'Slouch Mat' a new mouse mat she invented, which is now on sale nationwide
Nuala Lewis from Standish, with the 'Slouch Mat' a new mouse mat she invented, which is now on sale nationwide
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A WIGAN inventor and entrepreneur has told of the “amazing experience” of facing the fire of TV’s intimidating Dragons’ Den.

Standish mum Nuala Lewis featured on Sunday’s episode of the popular BBC show with her innovative invention the Slouch Mat.

And although Nuala and husband Chris did not get the investment they hoped for from the dragons, she believes the appearance will prove to be a real boost for her business.

The 31-year-old told the Evening Post: “We are of course disappointed they decided not to invest in the end, however it was an amazing thing to do and we will never forget it.

“It was a scary experience, but great to meet the dragons and put Slouch Mat on the map.

“We were in the den for over an hour, but it was edited down to just a couple of minutes. It was a shame they didn’t show the positive comments from Deborah (Meaden) and Duncan (Bannatyne), who both thought the product would be really useful if you use a mouse, but we know this is a TV show and they want it to be sensational.”

Nuala’s Slouch Mat is marketed as the only product of its type that has a mouldable base so it can be used in places other mouse mats would be useless.

Dragons Duncan Bannatyne, Kelly Hoppen, Deborah Meaden, Piers Linney and Peter Jones may not have thought it warranted significant investment but the Slouch Mat has been a popular product with customers across the country.

Since its launch in 2012, it has been stocked by major chains nationwide including Staples and Amazon and Nuala has visited America for talks to launch it over in the States.

Nuala - who studied at Winstanley College and now works part time at Chorley Council - came up with the idea for Slouch Mat while on maternity leave for her now two-year-old daughter Florence.

Last year she was named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Enterprise Vision Awards which celebrates the achievements of businesswomen across the region.

She added: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to Slouch Mat since the show and with more than 5,000 sold nationwide and no returns. We have happy customers across the country.

“It shows that there is a real demand out there for the Slouch Mat.”