Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021

RoofWright signs innovation partnership with Dragons Den winner OGEL

Innovative start-up OGEL entered the lair of five of Britain’s best-known business people in the hit BBC investment program, Dragons Den, on Thursday 8th July at 8pm.

OGEL have developed a system that turns waste plastic into anything from houses to garden offices, and what’s even better is that it’s reusable and you can turn it into something different each time… just like Lego®  

‘We have been developing our product over six years’ explained founder Gary Giles ‘and a glowing endorsement, and the offer of investment from two of the Dragons working together will give us the kick start we need as we launch across the UK.’ 

Speaking about their involvement Managing Director of RoofWright Dave Blakeman commented, “as a software design company we are regularly asked to get involved with new and exciting projects, and this one really resonated with us.  Our core business is the design of software for outdoor building such as conservatories, orangeries, extensions and garden rooms and the OGEL product fitted naturally into that group.  We have created an app to enable their customers to design buildings to their own exact requirements”.

“It is an incredible product, and we are delighted to be associated with it”.

OGEL launches with two products, TASKPOD, a home office designed for the new ‘work from home’ employee without the space for a dedicated room elsewhere in the home, and GARDEN LIVING a series of flexible garden buildings to enable families to maximise their outdoor area with the option to change the layout, or dismantle and transport if they move house.

Despite a challenging year in 2020 developing the block-like invention under Covid restrictions, OGEL still managed to notch up a trio of successes: finalist in the European Recycled Plastics awards, North-East Disruptor of the year for founder Gary Giles; the hat trick was completed when they were approached by the BBC to appear in the 2021 series of Dragons Den.

OGEL, and E3 Design, both based in the Northeast, alongside RAM Extrusion based in the West Midlands have developed the system to use 100% recycled polystyrene as its source material – the first ever to be globally patented.

‘A project of this size and scope requires a wide collaboration and luckily we’ve achieved this with a brilliant group of companies, coming together to turn a good idea into a fully working, game-changing product’ explained Gary. 

‘The system is designed to be simple, fast, light, and reusable. Also, the final OGEL buildings are significantly warmer than similar structures made of wood and brick’ he added.