Four years ago, retired engineer Graham Renny made a device to help his wife, Susan, collect horse manure in the paddock of their Herefordshire home – without having to use a shovel. The original scissor-action device was made of broom handles, plywood and nails and it worked extremely well. And not just for collecting horse manure. It helped in the garden for leaf-collecting, grass-cuttings and hedge trimmings. They took the tool to an attorney, obtained patents and licensed the design to US-based Radius Garden, which has been manufacturing the Gator Grabber since July 2010. Renny made his debut on the QVC shopping channel last year and sold out of his entire stock of Gator Grabbers within seven minutes. The Gator Grabber costs £22.95 plus P&P. Read more quirky business ideas in our Idea of the week section.
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