PAIR HOPE TO CLEAN UP WITH DRAG­ONS

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - CATHY OWEN Re­porter [email protected]­line.co.uk

WHITCHURCH High School in Cardiff has been in the head­lines fol­low­ing the suc­cesses of for­mer pupils Gareth Bale, Sam War­bur­ton and Geraint Thomas.

And now an ex-pupil is hop­ing to tell the school’s lat­est suc­cess story when he ap­pears on Drag­ons’ Den tonight.

Cardiff-born Nathan Evans, who left the school in 2004, is hop­ing to win over the Drag­ons with his busi­ness BrandYour­self.com

A first of its kind in the UK, the busi­ness pro­vides both soft­ware and ser­vice so­lu­tions to help in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses clean up, im­prove and pro­tect how they look on­line.

If you use the com­pany, they will scan your en­tire on­line pres­ence and look at any risk fac­tors you might have such as risky so­cial me­dia posts and im­ages and too much pri­vate in­for­ma­tion shared.

The com­pany says it has worked with more than 700,000 peo­ple al­ready and is hop­ing the BBC show will help to pro­mote the busi­ness even fur­ther.

Mr Evans, who is due to ap­pear along­side co-founder Patrick Am­bron in the Den on tonight’s show, said: “Ap­peal­ing to the Drag­ons was about more than just the fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment, they would be a strate­gic part­ner for us in the UK.”

Mr Am­bron, co-founder and CEO of BrandYour­self, said: “In to­day’s age of cy­ber-bul­ly­ing, re­venge porn, hate sites and in­ad­e­quate on­line pri­vacy laws, some­thing neg­a­tive on­line can hap­pen to any­one and shouldn’t de­fine you or pre­vent you from mov­ing for­ward with your life.

“Equally, we be­lieve you shouldn’t lose op­por­tu­ni­ties just be­cause other peo­ple are bet­ter at pro­mot­ing them­selves on the web. Our mis­sion is to help peo­ple take back their on­line rep­u­ta­tion, giv­ing them the tools to clean up, pro­tect and im­prove how they ap­pear.”

The pair hope to em­u­late the suc­cess of an­other Cardiff en­tre­pre­neur who ap­peared on the show back in Septem­ber.

Dad Craig Hill left his job as a teacher when his daugh­ter was se­ri­ously in­jured in an ac­ci­dent, set­ting up his own busi­ness. Called Land­scapes for Learn­ing, it makes an af­ford­able range of out­door equip­ment aimed at cash-strapped pri­mary schools, nurs­eries and day-care cen­tres.

Dragon Pe­ter Jones was so im­pressed with his work he gave him a £50,000 in­vest­ment for a 30% stake in his busi­ness.

Mr Hill said: “I hope that with Pe­ter’s help I’ll avoid some of the pit­falls that many new busi­nesses suc­cumb to, stand­ing on the shoul­ders of gi­ants.”

Patrick Am­bron and Cardiff-born Nathan Evans of BrandYour­self face the Drag­ons

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