Like all good innovators, the pair couldn’t simply sit back and watch their first product grow year after year.
Instead, a chance viewing of David Attenborough’s widely acclaimed BBC Blue Planet TV programme kickstarted the next project that would look to partly tackle the huge amount of single-use plastic found in sauce bottles.
Research found that only 7% of plastic is recycled because of contamination and, with Heinz producing 650 million plastic ketchup bottles every year, the opportunity was definitely there…they just needed to find a way to make sure you could get all of the sauce out of the containers, an age-old problem when using glass condiments.
A few designs here, a few conversations there, prototyping in a garage and before you knew it Saucestream was born, a simple pump device that clips directly onto glass bottles and makes it easy to pump the sauce out with a simple squeeze that is more sustainable for the consumer.
With one business doing well and a new one in its infancy, Peter and Ian needed to explore ways to fund the fledgling venture and the development costs required to get it to market.
Previous experiences had told them that professional business advice and auditing expertise could well make the biggest difference.