Dragon’s Den makes scents for his­to­rian

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 -

A PER­FUME his­to­rian and for­mer Quest em­ployee has ap­peared on a prime-time television show.

David Py­bus, from Salt­wood, who de­scribes him­self as the In­di­ana Jones of per­fume, fea­tured on BBC Two’s Dragon’s Den last week.

Mr Py­bus, who worked at Quest In­ter­na­tional and has taught at Ash­ford Adult Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, was look­ing for £80,000 to launch his line of his­toric per­fumes in re­turn for 20 per cent of his busi­ness.

Th­ese fra­grances he had recre­ated from the Ti­tanic, Pom­peii and the time of Cleopa­tra.

The suc­cess­ful au­thor, who has writ­ten sev­eral books on per­fume and his­tory, got the thumbs down from ty­coon Dun­can Ban­natyne who, af­ter sniff­ing the scents, said: “I think that’s re­volt­ing!”

De­spite this he went away with a deal of 40 per cent com­pany shares for £80,000 in­vest­ment. Mr Py­bus was re­spon­si­ble for se­cur­ing the rights for a leather case con­tain­ing 120 sam­ples of per­fumes and aro­matic prod­ucts sealed in bot­tles which were brought up from the wreck of the Ti­tanic.

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