Only launched at the end of October 2014 Huddersfield-based member MonitorGO has already had its first seal of approval. The company was one of the lucky six chosen by former Dragon (from the BBC's Dragon's Den) Theo Paphitis to be retweeted in his regular Small Business Sunday (aka #SBS) feature on Twitter.
MonitorGO is a start-up company that has developed a new kind of personal alarm device for the elderly built on a mobile phone. Unlike standard pendant alarms, which is the only real option at the moment, MonitorGO is not restricted to a landline and it will raise an alert in the event of a fall, even if the user has become unconscious and can't trigger the alarm themselves. It also offers an unconsciousness alert, GPS tracking, is fully mobile and can be used to make and receive calls. It is completely unique in the range of features that it offers. The company is based in Huddersfield.
Each week small businesses are invited to tweet Theo about their business and he retweets his favourites to his 450,000+ followers. Winners also get invited to his annual #SBS event which will take place in January. MonitorGo's winning tweet read 'MonitorGO is the first personal alarm to feature fall detection, unconsciousness alert and GPS'.
Stephen Bradbury, founder of MonitorGO said:
"It's a great endorsement that Theo thinks we have something interesting to offer and a pleasure to join the '#SBS family' - we're already getting a lot of support from other #SBS winners; it seems there's quite a community out there! It's a really fantastic boost for a start-up business and while we obviously think we have a great product that can make a big impact to older people, it's always good to have that sentiment validated - especially from such an experienced entrepreneur!"
More information about MonitorGO is available from the website www.monitorgo.com