Kathryn Moore AN entrepreneur who impressed the BBC dragons with his idea to introduce truck washing stations at motorway service networks has opened his first in the region.
Gary Taylor – the man behind Alpine Cleaning Services – is rolling out his idea at 15 service stations across the UK, including the Hartshead Moor Services on the M62 at Brighouse.
He pitched his idea to the five investors in the latest series of Dragons' Den, currently being aired on BBC Two. Four out of the five dragons were prepared to invest 100,000 of their own money in the company.
Mr Taylor, who is based at Lymm in Cheshire, said: "We have agreements in place with two of the major service station operators, Road Chef and Welcome Break for the sole rights so now we are on the lookout for potential franchisees to help roll out our network of cleaning services.
"We have some of the busiest service stations on some of the busiest stretches of motorway in the country – including Hartshead Moor Services. It is a very exciting stage of the business's development and the exposure we have earned from Dragons' Den has also proved a tremendous boost."
The businessman agreed a deal with Dragons Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden for a 200,000 investment for a 40 per cent stake in the company. But after the programme was made he decided to go it alone.
Alpine Cleaning Services was set up in the late 1990s.