Ingenious plumbing firm Kibosh wins Scottish heat of The Pitch 2011

The smart device can be clamped around damaged pipe work to provide a temporary repair solution in an emergency. It's a godsend for plumbers and consumers like, nipping that spritz in the bud.

An enthusiastic pitch and an original and innovative product secured Dickinson, who has been a plumber for 10 years, a place in the grand final of The Pitch 2011 at London's Pacha night club on 18 November. The overall champion will receive £50,000 worth of business support.

As well as his victory, Norma Corlette, a serial entrepreneur and speaker at The Pitch Scotland, agreed to mentor Dickinson for the final.

Carl Hopkins says: "It is fair to say that the initial submission from Ross of Kibosh almost read as too good to be true. But following a very competent pitch presentation he demonstrated the simple and effectiveness of his Kibosh invention; an invention borne from necessity and real experience.

"Here is a man who has spotted a very specific but common problem and solved it in an innovative and memorable way. I always ask myself two questions, would I buy it or would I invest in it and the answer this time on both accounts was a resounding yes."

Heats in England and Wales took place earlier this year. Finalists include Cara Sayer, creator of SnoozeShade, representing England and Helen McAvoy and Naomi Kibble, co-founders of Rocktails representing Wales. Both entrepreneurs are, incidentally, Smarta 100 2011 winners.

The remaining regional finalist will be decided at the Northern Ireland heat in Belfast on 21 September. Entrepreneurs who could like to be in the audience can register for free at

The prize package for The Pitch 2011 champion includes advertising solutions from Yell, 12 months mentoring from Karen Darby, a year's membership of the Forum of Private Business and London private members club Adam Street and £3,000 worth of brand consultancy.

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