Trowbridge born Dragons Den star inspires local adolescents at Wiltshire schools

By Anita Jaynes on 20 July, 2015

Successful Dragon’s Den winner and Grip It Fixings inventor, Jordan Daykin, talked business and the value of determination at two local secondary schools, John of Gaunt and Abbeyfield.

Jordan invented Grip It Fixings, a revolutionary plasterboard fixing, with his grandfather after struggling to put up a curtain rail. A patent was granted in 2012 and Jordan set up in business. The following year, Grip It Fixings acquired an order from the national DIY chain, Screwfix. In 2014 he became the youngest person to win an investment on Dragon’s Den, securing a £80,000 investment from Deborah Meaden. Grip It Fixings has gone from strength to strength, now exporting to 32 counties and with a forecasted turnover of £5,000,000.

After leaving traditional schooling and moving to home education at 13, Jordan wanted to convey to students that academic education may not be for everyone, and through hard work, tenacity and the importance of learning life skills, you can still be a success. Indeed, his message resonated with many students. One said: “It’s nice to know if school wasn’t your strong point you still have a chance in life.” Another said: “I have been inspired to never give up on my goals and to always be determined to do my best.”

John of Gaunt teacher, Lydia Armes, commented: “It was fantastic to see our Year 9 & 10 Business students so engaged and inspired. They clearly took a lot from the talk and I have no doubt will be more motivated going forward.”

James Stewart, careers co-ordinator at Abbeyfield said: “It was a pleasure to have Jordan talk to Abbeyfield students on his business and Dragon Den experience, they learned lots from his top tips, including the importance of working hard.”

Reflecting over his time at both schools, Jordan comments: “It was exciting to meet Wiltshire’s up and coming entrepreneurs, I look forward to seeing them on the Dragon’s Den in years to come!

Pictured above: Jordan Daykin (centre) with Abbeyfield School pupils