What happens when your biggest customer is in the eye of a hurricane?


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Used under a Creative Commons license. Image credit: Karl-Ludwig Poggemann

Our CEO and inventor Alison Grieve spoke to Insider about the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and its Florida headquarters, which were right in the path of Hurricane Irma.

"Last week we were glued to our tablet screens as the news reports of historically powerful Hurricane Irma came through thick and fast.

We have many personal friends on the East Coast, across Florida and over to Charleston.

I video called our friend Kelly, who had joined me just the other week at the ErgoExpo in Vegas.

Emergency alerts had pinged on our phones to warn us of flash flooding – an occurrence almost unheard of in Vegas but linked to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Now she was back in Charleston, huddled in the hallway with her dog, boyfriend, bedding and three suitcases filled with their most valuable possessions as a tornado ripped through a highway just two miles away from them.

The unpredictable Irma took a turn away from its forecast path shortly before the weekend. Instead of a sweep across the Eastern side of Florida and onto Georgia and the Carolinas, Irma swept slightly west, gaining in strength, and heading directly for St Pete, over the water from Tampa.

Why was this particularly concerning for G-Hold? Because our largest customer, HSN, is right bang in the middle of St Pete."

Read the full story here.

 

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

Which digital big player is joining G-Hold?


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Jim Williams, general manager for UK and Europe with digital accessory provider Cygnett, has joined tablet support manufacturer G-Hold as managing director.

Williams, whose career in senior sales and business development roles includes spells with Cancom, SmarkDisc Corporation and Cross Border Associates, joined Australian-based Cygnett in 2012 as business development and sales manager for Europe.

Read the full story at Insider here

 

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

The Herald profiles G-Hold inventor and CEO, Alison Grieve


Alison, our CEO and inventor, was profiled by The Herald newspaper. Read the full story here.

Here are some of our favourite bits:

"What does [your company] produce?

We design and manufacture ergonomic handholds for iPads, tablets and any other handheld devices. We also produce Safetrays, a more mature product range, which are non-toppling trays for the foodservice industry.

To whom does it sell?

We sell the G-Holds to a real mixture of tablet users. Our biggest customer is the Home Shopping Network in the USA, but we're now on the Scottish Government Framework for schools across Scotland. We also sell to global banks, healthcare services and thousands of other users who need their tablets in everyday life and work. Our celebrity users include Suzi Perry.

What is its turnover?

We have forecast £400,000 this year and we're on track to be ahead of that target.

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What could the Westminster and/or Scottish governments do that would help?

I'm meeting with the Deputy First Minister to discuss an idea I have for an import/export project for twelve year olds. We have organisations in California who would like to get involved. Creating a culture of international entrepreneurship is something I believe could and should begin at school.

What was the most valuable lesson that you learned?

I learned to be grateful for what I have when things go wrong, and grateful for what I have when things go right. I also learned that the greatest advantage in business is to be underestimated.

I always get a lot out of meeting business people who have achieved significant success.

I felt honoured to have had the opportunity to meet the dragons when I appeared on the Dragons Den television show recently. You're in the Den for over two hours so there's a lot which has to be cut for the final airing. Many of the comments I felt were best and most useful didn't make it onto the show but the overall result has been a fantastic boost to our online sales and exposure to many people we would not have otherwise reached. I've also been so touched by the many messages of support following the show.

How do you relax?

I love anytime I spend just hanging out with my twin boys and my partner Denny. A good walk up a Munro is also fantastic to clear the mind. And music is the very best of medicines for the soul."

Read the full story on the Herald website here.

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

360º video - Team G-Hold reacts to Alison in the Den

Watch Team G-Hold's reaction in 360 Video to our first viewing of Dragons' Den last Sunday (Gogglebox style). Here's how to get the full experience:

1) Make sure you use the YouTube app

2) You'll need to view on an iOS or Android device

3) Copy and paste this link into the app's search bar: https://youtu.be/CYOXTBUQJt4

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

Global success story slips through Dragons' grasp

A Scottish entrepreneur who entered the Dragons' Den (Sunday, Sept 4th) has joined the ranks of success stories that got away.

Alison Grieve, from Edinburgh, is a multi award-winning inventor on a mission to change the way the world holds things. On Sunday night she presented the Dragons with her most recent product, the G-Hold: an ergonomic holder that attaches to tablets and other devices, enabling users to comfortably and securely hold their mobile technology.

The Dragons declared themselves 'out', but Alison has watched the sales flood in, bringing in revenue of £150,000 since filming took place, double the amount she had looked to raise in the Den. Her company has scaled up rapidly, moving to larger premises in August and increasing its assembly team, based in Scotland, to produce the 10,000 G-Holds required monthly to meet demand. The growth stems partly from the product's success on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) in the US, but also from large tablet rollouts in education, healthcare and corporate sectors.

"I am very grateful to have experienced the Den and would do it all again," Alison said. "Of course, it's much easier to say that from the context of our recent successes but having been on this journey for seven years, I knew I would take positives away from meeting the Dragons regardless of what happened next."

Alison first started developing patented 'handholding' technology in 2010 for the foodservice industry, launching a range of non-toppling trays, branded Safetray. A former waitress, Alison came up with her first invention after witnessing a spectacular accident involving a tray of champagne glasses toppling over at an important function.

"Our mission has always been to broaden the use of our handholding technology across multiple industries and applications. Once we had proven our concept, we saw a massive opportunity to develop new technology for mobile devices. And with almost a billion tablets having shipped since the launch of the first iPad, we are now reaping the rewards of that decision."

The ergonomic benefits of the G-Hold have been validated by various muscular skeletal experts:

"The last few years have seen a significant rise in the number of kids with neck and back pain, which clinicians increasingly put down to the use of hand-held devices," explains Gavin Routledge, Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy. "The G-Hold design ensures that it massively reduces the strain on neck, shoulder, arm and hand; making for pain-free use of tablets."

The G-Hold is already being used across 100 schools in Aberdeenshire, Apple Distinguished Programme CalStateTEACH and most recently tech solution company XMA, feeding into the Scottish Government National Framework for Tablet Devices in Education. The company anticipates G-Holds fast becoming a standard part of the tablet tool kits provided across Scottish schools and further afield.

Aside from its health benefits, the brand has also been growing in 'cool factor' with celebrity users including former Gadget Show presenter Suzi Perry, Grammy award winning Gregory Porter, Scotland’s rugby team coaches and physios and sports presenter Lee McKenzie.

Alison is currently in Berlin at the IFA consumer electronics trade fair and intends to capitalise on the rise of augmented reality (AR), with games such as Pokémon Go and 360 degree videos creating greater need for handholding technology.

"My prediction is that AR will soon be a part of everyday tablet usage, particularly in education where traditional text books can come alive, engaging children in learning like never before. The G-Hold supports that experience physically, comfortably placing the whole world in your hand."

The G-Hold is available for sale online and in various retail outlets in the UK, Europe and the US. More information about Alison and the product can be found at www.g-hold.com.

Issued by Pagoda Porter Novelli on behalf of G-Hold. Media Contact: Barbara Fraser on 0131 556 0770, Barbara.fraser@pagodapr.com

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

Ergonomic seal of approval for G-Hold

Gavin Routledge, Clinic Director and Osteopath at ActiveX Backs, joined Chartered Physiotherapist David Bowmaker of LifeFit Wellness in recommending G-Hold to his clients.

The last few years have seen a significant rise in the number of kids with neck and back pain, which clinicians increasingly put down to the use of hand-held devices. Adults are also struggling with more neck and shoulder and RSI type problems. The G-Hold is so simple and yet will have such a huge impact on addressing this problem that I think it should be built into tablets. If you haven’t tried it yet, try it; you’ll love it. The design ensures that it massively reduces the strain on neck, shoulder, arm and hand; making for pain-free use of your beloved tablet.
— Gavin Routledge, Clinic Director and Osteopath, ActiveX Backs

G-Hold is available to purchase from his Edinburgh clinic, www.active-x.co.uk

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

G-Hold launches on the Home Shopping Network in the USA

G-Hold made its home shopping debut on HSN today, featuring as part of their Electronic Connection with Aaron Berger. Even if you're not in America, wherever you are in the world you can watch online at http://www.hsn.com/watch/live?network=1. You can also buy direct from them online here.

 

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

Turn over a new leaf with G-Hold at Blackwell's Holborn

London calling for G-Hold, as we get a fresh spring display at Blackwell's Holborn. Make sure you pop in and pick one up for all those breezy, sunny days in the park with your Kindle or Nook.

50-51 High Holborn,
London WC1V 6EP
Phone: 020 7292 5100

bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/stores/holborn/

 

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

Revolutionary tablet holder grabs grip on market - G-Hold featured in The Herald newspaper


G-Hold inventor Alison Grieve features in an article about G-Hold in today's Herald newspaper. You can read the full article on their website, but here are some highlights:

"A space themed-range of G-Holds is now available to buy at the Glasgow Science Centre and at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, while other versions are on sale in the Scottish Parliament shop and through Amazon.

"This month a version of the hold emblazoned with the Glasgow University logo has been put on sale, in honour of the 50th anniversary of Ms Grieve’s knighted grandfather – Sir Robert Grieve – taking up the university’s first professorship of town and regional planning.

“'There is still a dissertation prize at the university that bears my grandfather's name,' said Ms Grieve. 'I'm sure he would like to see the Grieve family's connection to the university continue through the generations.'"

 

 

 

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

G-Hold at the CabSat 2016 show in Dubai

The lovely Vislink team tweeted this picture of their bespoke G-Hold in use on their stand at CabSat, the leading platform for the broadcast, production, content delivery, digital media and satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Head to their booth, ZB1-20, in the Dubai World Trade Center to see HEROCast in action - the smallest and lightest wireless broadcast solution yet.

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

G-Hold inventor Alison Grieve interviewed by The Sun


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G-Hold's inventor Alison was interviewed by The Sun newspaper, who have dubbed her "Scotland's answer to Joy," after Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop played on screen by Jennifer Lawrence.

Alison talked really honestly about difficult times with the business and overcoming challenges as an inventor and as a mum, to see G-Hold used by Suzi Perry on Formula 1 and about to be featured on the Home Shopping Network in the USA. You can read the full article on the Sun's website.

 

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

G-Hold on the show floor at MWC 16


G-Hold is at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona all this week, where we've been rubbing shoulders with the best new tech from around the world, and flying the flag at the SDI booth. Tomorrow is the last show of the day, so make sure you come along and say hello - we're in Hall 7 at Stand 7B31.

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

G-Hold heads to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

G-Hold will be joining a host of innovative Scottish companies at this year's Mobile World Congress. Selected as part of the SDI delegation, our own Nicola will be at Stand 7B31 in Hall 7, alongside Skyscanner, The Digital Health Institute and Neatebox. Come along and say hi, and try G-Hold for yourself.

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

New testimonial for G-Hold


We just had to share this brilliant customer feedback that we just received.

"I just wanted to pass on a little story to you...

On Saturday I was watching the Grand Prix and noticed Suzi Perry was using a novel way of holding her iPad securely. Clearly this made presenting much easier, and “ding" I thought, as the lightbulb flashed on in my head. I could do with one of those, so the hunt began.

I placed my order Sat night and by Tuesday it had arrived. I made the simple attachment and there it was, the solution. No more trying to fold geometric shapes to make a stand or leaning against books or inadvertently tapping on the side of the screen whilst moving it and losing whatever was that I was trying to view.

"There it was, the solution."

Anyhow, the purpose of this email is to pass on some positive feedback to your company. I love the G-Hold, it's simple, stylish and very, very functional. Great design with an efficient service, and also its encouraging to see that you are a British company investing in British manufacturing.

I now see a wider use within my business arena and I am in the process of demonstrating the benefits of G-Hold to other partners within my organisation The fact that you are able to brand this product has ensured an even more positive response and a good uptake.

Love your work, have a great weekend."

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

G-Hold's going Underground with Vintage Vinyl


G-Hold's latest look, Vintage Vinyl, makes its debut at independent record store Underground Solu'shn. You'll find the new design for sale among the shop's collection of dance, electronic and specialist vinyl - just look for them next to the decks. The G-Holders were keen to show their love of vinyl by launching at a store that's been committed to the cause since 1995.

www.undergroundsolushn.com

 

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

G-Hold on show across two continents


G-Hold was on display at shows in Asia and Europe this weekend, with booths at the GREAT Festival in Seoul, South Korea and the Northamber Expo 15 just outside London in the UK. Response at both shows was great, with the most frequently heard comment being, "I wish I'd invented that."

In South Korea and Japan, you can purchase G-Hold via our friends at Quopin, www.quopin.com, while in the UK you can buy online from us here, or from one of our local stockists here. 

Posted by Caroline Whitham.