Wheelbarrow of fortune: Father and son who rejected £50,000 Dragons’ Den offer for gardening gadget net £1.3million in sales

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A father and son who rejected a £50,000 offer for their wheelbarrow invention on Dragons’ Den were celebrating yesterday after netting over £1million in orders during its first year on sale.

Mike and Joe Smith turned down offers by ‘dragons’ Duncan Bannatyne and Hilary Devey who offered them £50,000 for 50 per cent of their Wheelbarrow Booster business on the hit BBC show for entrepreneurs.

In one of the most heated exchanges seen on the show, the dragons criticised the Smiths’ attitude before they declared themselves out.

But now the pair are struggling to keep up with demand, predicting sales of 100,000 units a year for their invention, a canvas product which increases the capacity of a wheelbarrow by 300 per cent.

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