Episode 5 Made in Northern Ireland


Episode 5

Stephen Nolan and Sarah Travers meet the country's most innovative entrepreneurs. Here, they check out a new prototype for allergy testing among other business ideas.


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In last year's series,

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I travelled the length and breadth of the country,

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meeting some of Northern Ireland's most innovative entrepreneurs.

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Who could forget Call Cop from Newtownards...

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-Doing a runner!

-That's Stephen Nolan!

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How low can you go?

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..Snap It from Belfast...

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..and Tug from Castlereagh?

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Now that we've got a second series,

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we've even more hungry entrepreneurs to show you.

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This year, we're bringing in Sarah Travers.

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-Hello, Sarah.

-Hello, Stephen.

-What are we doing this year, then?

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Well, this time I'm going to be giving you

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a little bit of a helping hand as we travel across the country

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to meet some of the brilliant entrepreneurs out there.

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We'll be hearing all about manufacturing in Moira...

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And beds in where?

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-Ballymena.

-Ballymena.

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I know exactly what's going to be going on at home now.

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People will be watching this and they love one idea...

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Yeah, and then some of you at home will be saying,

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"That's never going to work."

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So that's why we've created the People's Panel,

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members of the public like you and I looking at the products

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and thinking to themselves, "That is going to actually work."

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Or not.

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Hello, welcome to Made In Northern Ireland, and tonight,

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first up, Stephen's off to Moira to partake in his favourite pastime.

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Burgers! As Mark Carruthers would say, looking forward to it.

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Lovely bright sunny day.

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What's brought me down to beautiful Moira today?

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Food, would you believe it?

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And more importantly, a special sauce called Hollah.

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Hollah was set up by young mums and best friends

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Trudy Hodkinson and Paula Latuske in 2014.

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And lucky for me, they've kindly invited me to a barbecue

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to sample their wares. Mmm!

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Hollah products range from Bucky Barbecue and Wingnut sauces

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to chilli, strawberry and prosecco jam chutney.

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And by the way, if I ever run out of burgers or food to eat,

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the filming stops.

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Keep it going, keep it going.

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Where was the idea conceived?

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-Who came up with this?

-So, take you back to what, 2014,

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and we were on the east coast of America.

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My family were out there for a couple of years

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with my husband's work and Paula and her family came out to visit,

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and we were getting ready to move

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back home and both of us were going, you know what?

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We both had been stay-at-home mums for a number of years

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and we'd been neighbours, friends, and we said, you know,

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we really wanted to start a business,

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wanted to start a business together.

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And what a business.

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Sales of Trudy and Paula's hot sauces

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are going from strength to strength.

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But in the early days, it wasn't always that easy.

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Do you know, if there was a craft fair in a church hall

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the other side of Northern Ireland, me and her jumped

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in the back of the car with the jars and away we went

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and it very much started in our own kitchens.

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And what are the lessons you've learnt?

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Oh, so many.

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That you wouldn't do again.

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OK, we probably cooked in our own kitchens for too long.

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My long-suffering husband is at the end of the bench here and

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he would still talk about the time he came down at two o'clock

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in the morning and there's me at the table labelling jars, crying.

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-Were you?

-Oh, yeah.

-So there have been difficult times?

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There's been times when we've been really stressed out.

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But they're also the things that keep you going,

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because we've done... I'm not saying we're through

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the worst of it but we've been through some really tough times

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and we're able to laugh about it.

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# Hola, dime como estas? #

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These girls have personality

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and they've managed to infuse it into their recipes.

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That barbecue sauce is beautiful.

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-Which one's that?

-This is our Bucky.

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-The Bucky Barbecue.

-Bucky Barbecue.

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Yeah, there is a secret ingredient.

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-What's that?

-Well, we're in Moira,

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and we'd be very close to Lurgan,

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and there's a wee dash of Lurgan champagne in there.

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Is there? Is there indeed?

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-What's Lurgan champagne?

-Buckfast.

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That's why it's called... Yeah.

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I've got a mate who'd be all over that too!

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Right, let's get to the important stuff.

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What do these Hollah sauces actually taste like?

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We put prosecco in a chilli jam because we thought,

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well, why wouldn't you?

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So what's the potential, then, for this to really grow?

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Well, we've done our research.

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The sauce market in the UK is worth about 1.3 billion annually.

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We would just like to get a wee, tiny, chilli-soaked bite of that.

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I think we really do believe in our brand.

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And a lot of people buy into the story behind products and, you know,

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we were two stay-at-home mothers and it's not that we were bored,

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but we genuinely did believe that we could build something and, you know,

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that we want our children to be proud of.

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We have three girls each, you know, and we want them to see that,

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you know what? You can start something at your kitchen table

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and it can grow with determination and perseverance.

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And obviously, just you keep talking because if we stay here

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for another two hours I should have about 20 burgers by then.

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-There's plenty.

-Keep them coming.

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What would your advice be to other, I guess, mums,

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that they want to start a business and they reckon

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they've got an idea? Because it's scary.

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Oh, it's really scary. Well, we started this business,

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we invested £1,000 each.

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And that's how we started.

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Now, that's a significant amount of money but we used it wisely and,

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-you know...

-That's it and we've grown it.

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I would advise any mum... One of our straplines is preserving sanity.

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That's why we started it, because we really feel like,

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do it, do it now, you know? Life's short.

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Since those early days of crying by the kitchen table,

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their business has really grown and Hollah sauces can now be found

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everywhere, from a big-name supermarket in Portstewart

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to a luxury delicatessen in London.

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-I'm in love with that Bucky Barbecue sauce.

-Good, I'm glad.

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And the thing is, there's only three more burgers for me to eat.

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Three dozen. Three dozen!

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The thing is, Sarah Travers doesn't even need half a one.

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I think that's the happiest I've ever seen Stephen Nolan.

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I want to taste it. It looks good.

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He's eating all their profits.

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My wife would be all over that chilli jam with the Prosecco in it.

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It's a very difficult market, though, is it not?

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In terms of, there's so many sauces.

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Yeah, that's what I was going to say.

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Like, myself now, I just stick with what I know.

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I wouldn't buy it for me personally because I'm very fussy

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but the wife would, I know for a fact she would.

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I want to see PJ try the hot sauce first.

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Just taste it? Right, I'm having a go.

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-You go first.

-I'm having a go on the hot sauce.

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-Is it hot?

-Oh, my...

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It's so hot. I need a drink.

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I've water here.

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I was going to have a taste. I'm not going to bother any more.

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But it is a big jump from a kitchen cook, you know,

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just cooking for your family to thinking,

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"I'm good enough that I could make money out of this," do you know?

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There's a real entrepreneurial spirit there

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and I'd certainly encourage them

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and for that reason, would look out to buy these things.

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Well, Britons spent seven billion last year on pet pampering.

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Sarah's off to Crumlin now to see a man about a cat.

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# See these eyes so green

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# I can stare for 1,000 years... #

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When it comes to being an entrepreneur,

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they say there's no such thing as a new idea,

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but you can always make an old idea better.

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We're off to meet the man who's reimagined the cat flap.

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Hi!

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Now, when you see a cat flap, you think, "What's more to invent?"

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But Joe Graham from Crumlin

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has come up with the Groomiez pet door...

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..a cat flap that cleans your cats as they go through it.

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Hello, Joe. Lovely to meet you.

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What is it that you've come up with?

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We spent an awful amount of time removing the hair,

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brushing the animals, brushing ourselves,

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brushing our furniture, and I thought,

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"Would there be a way of doing this

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"where our pets do it for themselves?"

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So what makes this brilliant? Is it the rubber on the prongs?

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The rubber on the brush element is made of TPE.

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You've probably seen it on the likes of lint removers

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and things like that.

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It's easily removed and rinsed so it can be used over and over again.

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You've a lot of pets, too. You've got two cats and a dog.

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Yes, and a fish.

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Right, but the fish doesn't go through here.

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-The fish doesn't, no.

-Oh, right, OK.

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And neither does Joe's dog...

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..but it's still very early stages.

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Joe has just completed a prototype in his garage.

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Our plans now are to release a version of just the flap

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which will work with existing cat flaps

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and then we're going to modify

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and improve upon the original complete unit.

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How much will this cost if somebody was to buy this?

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We will be looking at a cost of around about £10.

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And that would be for two brush panels.

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As a cat owner myself, I really like this idea,

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particularly during the summer.

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But the Groomiez pet door has a more serious application.

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We found that a lot of people unfortunately have to

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give their pets up for adoption because they can't deal with

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brushing down their furniture

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and trying to remove the hairs from there.

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It would also help people with allergies and asthma,

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things like that, because a lot of the particles that would

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irritate that condition would be trapped by this as well.

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And how has it changed, you know,

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your house and the level of fur that would have been around?

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Oh, it's fantastic in the fact that we can now allow our pets to come up

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on us without constantly having to brush fur off us.

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It is really, really good.

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At the Assisi Animal Sanctuary, cat lover Rachel can see

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the real practical benefits of Joe's invention.

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So, in the main sanctuary we have 32.

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In the kitten unit, we have, well, 18,

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probably have more than that now.

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In isolation, we can have up to 20 plus as well,

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so rather than grooming, it would be so convenient

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just to have the cats go through the door

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and then to groom themselves, it would be fantastic.

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So, there's quite a lot on sanctuary.

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They usually come to us, the majority of them are strays.

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No, you just didn't!

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THEY LAUGH

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CAT MEOWS

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What was that maxim about never working with children or animals?

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But Joe has even bigger plans to expand his cat flap beyond cats.

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At the moment, the trend in the UK pet industry

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is that people are going for smaller dogs,

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so the size of this is designed to look after the average cat

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and the small dogs.

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And do you like being an entrepreneur?

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It's exciting, there's no good saying it's not.

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It is also very frightening,

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but it's something that does help you get up in the morning

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and really give the day your everything.

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Well, cat lovers would, I think, spend any amount of money

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to make life a lot more easier for their cats.

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I thought if you're brushing your cat, you kind of enjoy doing that.

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I suppose when you think about it, people buy their cats and dogs

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Christmas presents and put a wee thing up with the cat's name on it,

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dog's name on it, something to give them in the morning.

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My ma done it. Fair play on the idea

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but I'm not 100% sure it's going to work.

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Well, if I was a cat lover,

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I might be inclined, but because I'm not a cat person...

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That would tear the face off it, would it not?

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If you think of the amount of times a cat goes in and out of the door,

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it's not going to go through it enough to fully be brushed by that.

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You're still going to have to brush it yourself.

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Put your head through it!

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My head can fit in.

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THEY LAUGH

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Stephen's off to Dungannon next to meet a very special couple,

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a schoolteacher and her young student who have come up with

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a business to help people at a very difficult time in their lives.

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Almost 2,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year.

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This team from St Patrick's College Dungannon have created

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a series of books to help the children and their families

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to understand what they're going through.

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And this was all inspired by teacher Tracy Hughes's niece, Eva,

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who lost her life to cancer in December 2015.

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We could definitely see there was a big gap in the market for

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something to deal with life-threatening illnesses,

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especially where there was nothing available on the market

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that would deal with such issues in a child-friendly manner.

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And it is definitely, like, amazing that there wasn't anything

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up until we created this book to help children

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that don't yet understand medical terms.

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Tracy, tell me about Eva.

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Oh, Eva was an exceptional girl.

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She is my niece and Eva was diagnosed with

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a very rare brain tumour in October 2012 and as such,

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she had to undergo some gruelling treatment -

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a year of chemotherapy and radiotherapy

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and two stem cell transplants in there as well.

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And when her hair fell out, I remember well,

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it was a Sunday morning and she scratched her head,

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just like any normal child does, but when she took away her hand,

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that whole hair from this side of her head came with it.

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And I made up this story about how boys and girls do have hair

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that goes on an adventure, and this was Eva's hair's time to

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adventure on its own, and so she actually, ironically,

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was very excited.

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-And you can remember being told about this, Iveta?

-Yes, absolutely.

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We sort of lived the same experience in the classroom.

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I told them the story about the adventures of Eva's hair

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that I had told Eva, and they said to me, that's a great story,

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a great concept, like. And I said, you know,

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I'm going to be JK Rowling, like, I'm going to write this into a book.

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And we had a joke about this,

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and it was a long-standing joke in my classroom.

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The idea, however, became a reality in 2015 when,

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as part of the Young Enterprise scheme,

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Iveta and her team developed the books,

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with the guidance of Mrs Hughes,

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to help comfort children suffering from cancer.

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One such child is Ross.

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He was diagnosed with leukaemia aged four and, along with his parents,

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knows first-hand how important these books could prove to be.

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It simplifies things.

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And obviously, the pictures are good for the children.

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These would have really helped me when I was sick, so they would.

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Help me understand what they would be for.

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I think the one there about Tina's teeth would have helped you.

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You had to get five teeth out,

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and that was the worst thing in the whole treatment.

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Yeah, he didn't understand why they'd taken his teeth out,

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and we didn't know what to say to him.

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He was on chemotherapy for three years, four months.

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You know, looking at it now, looking back and going, yes,

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I can remember that, and I remember that happening.

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I mean, if that had been on the ward when we were on the ward,

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I would have lifted it and I would have read it.

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And then I would have, as I went through the journey with Ross,

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more things would have been, "Oh, right, that's..."

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You know, it would have been relevant to us.

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By presenting Eva's experiences in an honest but positive way,

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Tracy hopes to keep her niece's memory alive

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by helping other children just like her.

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So, as a business, where does the profit go?

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Where does the money go?

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Going forward, we've registered as a company,

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and we've also registered Eva's Adventures as a charity,

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so we fully intend to have a big face in the community

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with charity status.

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It seems to me that what you're doing is

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taking the fear out of everything.

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I wanted a book for Eva that would deal with exactly the issue at hand

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but without causing more fear than the situation we were already in.

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I can see you're...

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I can see you've got a big smile,

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-but a little bit of pain in your eyes.

-Yeah.

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-She was special to you?

-Very much so.

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And you're trying to make this business successful

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-in part to help other little girls like her?

-Absolutely.

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And boys too, you know.

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I mean, our hope...

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Oh, I need a minute. Sorry.

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It's OK, take your time.

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You know, there's no end to what we hope to do.

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I mean, we're not stopping at books.

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We've got aspirations for from book to screen.

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We've got aspirations for animation.

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This will be global. It could...

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I'm not saying it could be global, it will be global.

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Having already won a number of awards for the project,

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and with a new book on its way,

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the team behind Eva's Adventures have big plans,

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and hopefully they really can comfort many of the sick children

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who need it most.

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That means a lot to children,

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and means a lot to everybody dealing with cancer,

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because it's just so awful to deal with.

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So I think the idea is excellent.

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How tough is it to try and talk a kid through something like that?

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There's so many things going round your head

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that if you were able to just read it

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and it was pitched at their level,

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and you knew it was going to strike a chord...

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Regardless of what it is, if it's well-written

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and it's educational, then, yes, it's definitely a good thing.

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Some people are very wary of charities.

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They're saying, how much goes to the charity and how much goes to

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-the business?

-There's nothing wrong with charities making money

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in order to continue the work that they do.

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I think it's fair enough to make a career off it

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and make money off it.

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This was born out of good intentions

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rather than maybe a moneymaking idea.

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Right, let's look at another invention, shall we?

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This time, it's a medical prototype

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that could change the lives of millions. Sarah has got more.

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OK, Georgia, I'm going to do your wee skin prick test this morning.

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You know that you have a wee allergy to nuts and maybe dogs as well.

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OK?

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For millions of adults and children around the world,

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like ten-year-old Georgia,

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having a skin prick test to see what they're allergic to

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is part of their normal life.

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What do you feel? Just a wee tiny pinch?

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Yeah.

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This test has been around for over 50 years

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and involves piercing the skin with individual needles to expose

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the patient to a mild dose of the allergen.

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Some of the most common allergies tested for are foods...

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..like nuts, eggs,

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dairy products...

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..and even fresh fish and shellfish.

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But there are also allergens within our environment,

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like pollen and animal hair, that can be potentially dangerous.

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It's estimated that by 2025,

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over half the population of the EU will suffer from allergies.

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Well, today, I've come to this gorgeous wood to meet a duo

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from Northern Ireland who are going to change the way that allergies

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are tested throughout the world.

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This is paediatrician Dr Sharon Christie,

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and together with a young designer, Philip Douglas,

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they've come up with Dotta,

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an all-in-one device that helps simplify allergy testing.

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Two years ago, Philip came to me and he said,

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"I'm doing product design at university, this is my final year,

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"is there something that you can think of

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"that might benefit patients and would be helpful

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"to healthcare professionals?"

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So, here we are.

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So, talk us through what's actually in this Dotta.

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We have small pods that go inside it

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that contain all of the stuff that does the test.

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So it has the allergen extract in it,

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it has the sharp tip that does the prick on your skin.

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So, yeah, these go on the device and they get compressed by the top half,

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which deposits all the extract on your skin

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and does the prick in one go.

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The all-in-one nature of Dotta means this device cuts down costs

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and, crucially, man hours,

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something the NHS and their spiralling waiting lists

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could really do with.

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How will this make the NHS easier?

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So, at the minute, in Northern Ireland,

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there is a 6 to 22-month waiting list for a hospital allergy clinic

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-appointment across the five trusts.

-Wow.

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All skin prick testing is performed in a hospital environment.

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And the beauty of this is it's reliable,

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it's safe, and we would anticipate that it would allow...

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..skin prick testing to move out of that hospital setting

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and into the GP environment. It's quite intuitive.

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And also, there's a smartphone app with it to help with the reading

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and interpretation of the results.

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Georgia, you've got a nut allergy,

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that's why you're here being tested today.

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What is life like for you?

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Like, I come out and, like...

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My skin goes all crackly.

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My lips go purple, but inside I feel, like, tingly.

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So, you can see... you can see the welts.

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Back at the clinic, Georgia's allergy results

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are starting to come through.

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-Pistachio.

-Pistachio?

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That's the baddie.

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This new Dotta testing device...

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..could change, and possibly improve,

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work practices for the better.

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But it's slightly positive,

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it's not as bad as your peanuts and things, OK?

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Obviously, when I'm doing that test,

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I'm using different pressure for each bubble that I'm bursting.

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I can't make each pressure the same,

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and, ideally,

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the same pressure from a device

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would do all the tests at the same time.

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Again, I'm doing ten different pricks there.

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If you were doing the prick all at the one time,

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it would be a lot easier for the child.

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Obviously, with the development of Dotta, it would be amazing.

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It would be a real step forward

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in something which hasn't changed for many years.

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Sharon and Philip's device only costs £350.

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And yet, the NHS spends about £1 billion a year on allergy services.

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So, for Dotta, the future is looking bright.

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In terms of patenting this,

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where are you at with protecting your design?

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So, we have... We have patents pending in both the UK and Europe.

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So, how successful do you think this will be?

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We are at a very early stage.

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I would hope that Dotta would be in use not only across the UK

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but across the globe in the next five years.

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-Exciting.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Great.

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Yeah, it looks like a no-brainer, doesn't it?

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I really like it.

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I work with mental health, often our patients would be diabetic and stuff

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and doing the prick test for that.

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But even knowing what it's like for them to get that one shot at a time,

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that's it, over and done with.

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-I've had allergy tests done.

-Have you?

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If you're not a fan of needles...

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Even though you can't see the needle, it's nice that,

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if it was just one thing on your arm and you were done,

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even just the anxiety would go away.

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So many people have so many ailments that are related to allergies now...

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-Yep.

-..instead of physiological problems.

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-Yeah.

-It would maybe be worth exploring.

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It's not that expensive, as well...

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-350. For a GP's surgery, that...

-But there's so many big players

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and big pharmaceutical companies out there that,

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if you're not part of that,

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it would be so hard to break into that market.

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Over the past five weeks, we have visited 20 of the country's

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most diverse and innovative entrepreneurs.

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From Modius Health, and Rolltack,

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to Incisive...

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No, I don't think I'm going to be picked to play for

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-Ireland any time soon.

-..and Sioda Lingerie,

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entrepreneurship is big business in Northern Ireland,

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and every year the industry recognises the cream of the crop

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in a gala awards night held here in the Waterfront.

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Some of the people featured in our series

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are in the running for awards tonight.

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We have the all-in-one buggy cover Blinky...

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Do you know, I'm just happy to be here,

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and there's such strong competitors, like, just amazing businesses and

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I'm delighted to get to the last 12.

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..the inflatable life-saving aid, EDDE...

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Jamie, as the co-inventor of this product, you must be quite excited,

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then, when you're getting such good feedback.

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Yeah, we are now. We're actually at the stage now where we're ready

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to push this out to the market.

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What we said all along, the EDDE is great.

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if it can save one life, it's all been worth it.

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..and the wearable heat pack, Hug.

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I didn't think I would even get this far,

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so it's exciting to be here this evening,

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but to win would be a whole other level

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of me jumping up and down, frankly.

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Well, everything crossed.

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-Thank you so much.

-Good luck.

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Our young entrepreneurs are also being celebrated,

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like String Sense...

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Look, you're all here. Look how well dressed you are.

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But where's the guitar? Where is it?

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Decided to leave it at home today. We've done enough work on it.

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..Never Lace...

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Been a great opportunity for us just get out there and show the benefits

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of what it can bring.

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..First Aid Locker...

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I'm here just having a good time, meeting lots of new people,

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try and, you know, network a wee bit.

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Make the most of it, like.

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..and the Mobile Phone Tidy...

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I mean, you've just turned into a local celebrity.

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Yeah, I feel like a celebrity.

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A woman stopped me on the bus and said,

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"I seen you on the BBC last night!"

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-And how did that feel?

-Oh, wow.

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I can't describe it. I felt so famous.

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..all being considered for the prestigious Student Award.

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So, this is it, Sarah, then,

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a big night for the six people who have got through.

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So exciting. I've just caught up with a few of them.

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I mean, this whole programme has been incredible.

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Yeah, it has. And it's the ambition, isn't it?

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Somebody in their teens saying,

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"Right, I'm going to design a product, I'm going to create it,

0:26:340:26:36

"I'm going to push it, I'm going to try to sell it,"

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right through to people who maybe have families,

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and they're doing it too.

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Will we go in and find out who's going to win?

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I believe there's a wee bit of dinner too.

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Let's go in.

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People from all over Northern Ireland have come together

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to clink glasses and celebrate what's great about our wee country.

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To me, they're all winners for just getting out there

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and making it happen.

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But it's time to find out who has won this year's awards.

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The overall winner was Phion Therapeutics,

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and from the nominees featured in this series

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of Made In Northern Ireland, brilliantly,

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Hug and the First Aid Locker picked up the top prize

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in their respective categories.

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We caught up with Fiona and Daniel after they accepted their awards.

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Blown away, really, like, it's just completely unexpected.

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We came here just hoping to enjoy the night,

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make the most of making new contacts, talking to some people,

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and really had no idea that we'd be in with a chance of even winning,

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really. The competition was so strong.

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I didn't expect it, to be fair, but I can't believe it's happened,

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and it's going to be such great publicity for Hug.

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I'm really proud, and I'm really proud

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-that my husband did this for me.

-SHE LAUGHS

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I can't believe we've come to the end of the series.

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It's been absolutely fantastic, Stephen.

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Yeah, and all of those people who say,

0:28:020:28:04

"Are there really enough entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland?"

0:28:040:28:07

-You bet there are.

-Yep.

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They are coming out of absolutely everywhere,

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of all different age groups, and they are making it happen here.

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So if you are one of those people and you've got an idea in your head,

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well, our experience is, it really is worth trying, right?

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Just go for it, and you could be on this programme next time,

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right here on Made In Northern Ireland.

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Stephen Nolan and Sarah Travers travel around Northern Ireland meeting some of our most innovative entrepreneurs. This week, they check out a new range of table sauces, a self-grooming cat flap, a new prototype for allergy testing and meet a young student and her teacher who have developed a new range of books to help children and parents deal with cancer. They also attend the 2017 Invent Awards, which showcases Northern Ireland's leading entrepreneurs.


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