Shropshire firm helps entrepreneurs achieve success on US version of Dragon's Den

A small Shropshire business has helped design and create a new product which received 150,000 dollars funding on the US version of Dragons' Den.

Aeon Omega, based in Weston Rhyn near Oswestry, was asked by a client to help create the YONO clip which appeared on Shark Tank and is now worth 500,000 dollars.

The product has been designed to help people keep their items such as bags off the floor and free from germs and dirt.

Bob Mackey and Michael Green contacted design, engineering and automation specialist Aeon Omega after several other design agencies told them the creation would not be possible.

The business took the initial sketch provided by the ambitious pair and crafted it into reality.

Along with the development, it also provided full manufacturing drawings, prototyping, packaging design, promotional video and an eCommerce website. All of this was completed within two and a half months. Since its launch in February, about 22,000 YONO clips have been sold.

Aeon Omega joint-founder Rhys Johnson said: "We are part of many 3D printing groups on Facebook and we saw that the client posted a comment stating that he needed a designer to help with a project. We got in contact with him and he chose us out of over 100 people who had also commented which we hopefully think is a testament to our professionalism and rigor, particularly that he was in a different country.

"YONO clip is a product that is simple, effective and well engineered. YONO clip has not reinvented the wheel, however it has been made extremely robust and well thought through. It solves a need which many are looking for and its quality means that the product is taken more seriously and is more effective than other solution."

Aeon Omega was launched by Rhys and Tom Jones about a year ago. Rhys previously worked as a mechanical engineer at Encirc and Tom was a mechanical engineer at BAE systems.

"We set up Aeon Omega as an engineering company to offer our services in both product design and engineering.

"We set this business up together after realising we can add the same value we had been adding to other companies to our own company. We set this up about a year ago and the moment the pandemic hit we initially turned our attention to making visors for NHS workers. Once that settled we returned to business.

"We are very optimistic about the future of our company as essentially we can make world class products, designs and prototypes as well as automation solutions that drastically cut down on menial tasks time to save money for any one across the globe, in a way that is extremely lean and efficient.

"We currently have several products in development as well as group automation consultancy sessions. This teaches participants how to use excel to automatically do repetitive tasks," Rhys added.

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