A Gift idea for the frequent traveller

Are you struggling to think of a gift idea?
Does your loved one travel for work? Or are they thinking of going away in their Gap year? Or maybe you are planning to spend the holiday season away from home?

The EasyLock was designed to give you that extra layer of security and allow you to feel safe, so why not give a practical gift that can give you both some piece of mind.
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Stay safe in your hotel room.

If you’re traveling on business, you’re probably travelling alone and these tips are even more important to follow.

Is the hotel located in a high crime rate area, especially when traveling overseas? Erin Andrew’s hotel peep hole incident and recent lawsuit shouldn’t keep people from traveling. If the hotel you will be staying at is out of the country, it is a very good idea to see if it’s in a safe place by simply contacting the U.S. Embassy that is located in the country you will be traveling to. Another good piece of safety equipment is a Portable door lock Just slip it into the door frame and presto, your door is locked from the inside and a Travel Flashlight for use in a darkened room for additional safety and convenience. They’re few and far between, but women-only accommodations may be worth looking into for female travelers, particularly those traveling solo and worried about safety.

If you’re traveling alone request a room in a remote corner of the hotel be moved to a more heavily trafficked area. Many hotels outside of the US do not conform to the security practices of the US. If there is no dead bolt on the door, you can be vulnerable to unwanted entry by hotel personnel, or anyone with a room key – which is why you should consider a portable door lock like the EasyLock. If you are traveling with family members, ask the hotel for adjoining rooms with inner connected doors.

Whether it’s for business or pleasure, traveling can be an exciting time, with plenty of new places to see and things to explore. When on vacation or traveling for business, the threat of fire may not occur to the public, but it’s important to remind residents in your community to prepare for fire both at and away from home. For international women’s day, we wanted to provide an article urging women to consider traveling solo but being safe.

Traveling with your baby or tot in tow? Invest in Some Gadgets: Use a portable door lock, motion alarms, door braces, doorjambs and rubber wedges are available online and at many retail stores, and don’t take up much luggage space. Women traveling alone should request that their room service be brought up by a woman.

You don’t want strangers being able to identify exactly who is staying in your room, especially if you’re traveling alone. When traveling you should also bring a small doorstop, which can be used to wedge your door shut while you sleep or shower. Reserve the room with your first initial and your last name, especially if you’re a female traveling alone.

I love this offering by the Marriott Hotel in Houston – valet parking at the self parking rate for solo-traveling women and wish more hotels offered this. If your room has a kitchenette (always a bonus when traveling with kids ), bring stove-knob locks and cabinet latches, and stash all the knives and other sharp utensils far out of reach. When If you’re traveling on business, you’re probably traveling alone and these tips are even more important to follow.

Another good piece of safety equipment is the portable door lock Just slip it into the door frame and presto, your door is locked from the inside. They’re few and far between, but women-only accommodations may be worth looking into for female travelers, particularly those traveling solo and worried about safety.

We’ve given you a few tips to help you avoid dangers while traveling, but if you’d like to learn more or want help with any of your other work-life challenges, log in today. If you have additional concerns about this, consider utilizing The EasyLock it is easy to use and can be used on many styles of hotel doors and windows.


Are You Safe When You Check In To a Hotel? 

Hotel wi-fi is now seen as an essential service for holiday and business travellers alike. Indeed a secure and reliable digital connection is a prequisite for most individuals travelling away from home and overseas, with people now using a multitude of digital devices, from smartphones to tablets. We expect to be able to work and update our digital lives seamlessly and in complete safety, without incurring expensive roaming costs from network providers. However a recent survey has thrown this assumption into doubt and makes for worrying reading. A recent investigation by security firm Cylance found an astonishing vulnerability in an Internet router that it said is in use at 8 of the world’s top 10 hotel chains! Not only can the router be hijacked and be made to reveal user details, such as passwords, bank account numbers etc, it is also directly interfaced with the hotel’s so-called Property Management System (PMS), which tracks everything from billing to room keys and in-room temperature. In a worst-case scenario a hacker could seize control of the vulnerable router, hop into the PMS, copy all available credit cards and their owners details, and change the locks on a few doors, so rendering the plastic keycards useless.This is one of the reasons that I developed The EasyLock. That plastic keycard that you assume keeps you safe in your room is vulnerable. This is why it’s vital that a further layer of protection is used, a good old fashioned physical solution, a true lock that cannot be tampered with!  The EasyLock will totally secure the door of your hotel, whilst allowing you to open the door a chink to check the identity of a caller or to receive a letter. It will keep you and your family safe, when technology lets you down.



As a Father and a Grandfather Father’s Day is very special for me, it’s great to hear from my children, and even grandchildren, all around the world. It’s a great excuse for them to pick up the phone or even better to Skype. If I’m really lucky I might even get a gift!

Men are notoriously hard to buy presents for but one thing most Dads love is a gadget. I may be biased but The EasyLock might be one of the most useful gadgets to date! It’s unbreakable and I designed it so it will completely secure the majority of inward opening doors*, anywhere on the globe. It’s the lightest of its kind in the world, and the only one to allow users to open the door a chink to take a letter or check a caller’s identity. I hate to sound as though I’m plugging my own product but hand on heart most fathers who I know would love to receive one, and they would be in good company too with celebrity fathers such as Tom Fletcher and Matt Willis from McBusted and Samuel L Jackson owning one!  There’s plenty of time to order your lock in time for Father’s Day. It is small enough to fit in a pocket, and the perfect size to send off as a gift.

The EasyLock will provide Dads with vital extra security for business trips, and also for family holidays. Fathers may also want to provide further security for their family at home at night, do you really know who has keys to your front door? Where did that set of keys that the family lost end up? The lock is as light as plastic, as strong as stainless steel, and can be fitted in seconds.

*The EasyLock will fit all inward opening doors with a minimum 2mm visible gap between the door and frame.




Saved from the jaws of the Dragons…

A few months ago I was contacted by a lovely lady at the BBC asking if I wanted to appear on a BBC business TV show…my ears pricked up and I listened on intently! It turns out it was Dragons’ Den, then the panic started…

The researchers had seen my crowdfunding campaign on Indigogo and had approached me as they thought I could be a possible entrepreneur suitable for the TV show Dragon’s Den. The adrenalin surged through my veins as I knew it would be amazing for The EasyLock if we received the investment from the Dragons and it could be a real turning point for the brand. I was already spending the money in my head thinking what we could do with the Dragons’ help.

To kick off the Dragons’ Den process I had to fill in lots of forms about the business and my background and submit my business plan to the BBC researchers. Luckily I passed this requirement and was invited to BBC Media Village in London for a pre audition. Eeek!

I was asked to prepare a speech explaining The EasyLock the product and the business and how much I was asking for in terms of investment. I also had to show the BBC researchers exactly how the EasyLock works. To be able to show them exactly how the lock functions, I needed a door! For a few days I became a carpenter, which was great fun! I sourced a typical hotel lock, fitted it to a door and a door frame so it would stand up by itself. I was very impressed with my efforts. Transporting it across London to the interview warranted some strange looks from passers-by though!

So the pre audition…I am not a natural in front of the camera and find it quite uncomfortable, as a result I was very nervous. The team at the BBC were great and very understanding, I knew I wasn’t yet facing the dreaded Dragons but the nerves took over slightly and it took me a few takes to get the speech right. Thank you to the BBC team for their patience! What a relief (all round!) when I finally did a take without fluffing my words, phew!

Even after my failed attempts, I was pleased with my pitch and the hotel door prop, feel I got my point across and that the researchers fully understood the brand, my background and what investment I wanted.

I then had a nerve wracking wait while the researchers and producers decided whether I would be selected to go through to the actual show. I was excited and nervous to hear back from them, I felt very torn as although I felt uncomfortable during the pitch I knew that being on Dragon’s Den really would move the brand to different places.

Alas the BBC came back to me a few weeks later and (very kindly!) told me that I hadn’t been selected to take part on the main TV show, so I wasn’t going to come face to face with the Dragons.

In some ways it’s a huge shame that my Dragons’ Den journey ends here but I take pride in the fact they liked the brand enough in the first place to approach me. On a personal level I am slightly relieved that I don’t have to pitch in front of the Dragons, I know my brand and I believe in it wholeheartedly but being grilled on the spot by the Dragons would have been very hard.

So its up to me now again with no Dragon help!! I have learnt some valuable lessons through this process and to be honest, it will only make me work harder to make The EasyLock a success – onwards and upwards!

Summer’s Coming

Summer is nearly here and everyone is talking about holidays, whether it’s over a coffee with a friend, on social media, or in the Post Office queue. It’s May’s hot topic! Holiday frenzy has gripped and people are starting to search the internet to find their ideal get away, stocking up on sun cream, foreign currency, and the latest maxi dress and espadrille combination (or so they tell me…) to promenade along la playa!

I started to think about holiday trends and how they have changed over the years. Nowadays, many of the younger generation are choosing to take ‘wellness’ holidays, so yoga retreats and fitness based holidays, which I find fascinating, a lot healthier than drinking as much beer as you can in the sun and eating fish and chips!

It was also interesting to read that websites, social media and online review sites play an extremely significant role in holiday decisions, the power of the internet rules again! Thanks to the UK’s economic recovery it seems that more people are heading abroad this year but those who choose to holiday in the UK do so, not for cost reasons, but for convenience and ease of escape. Beautiful Cornwall is still the UK’s most popular holiday destination and for those travelling abroad, the popular choice is Spain, with USA coming a close second.

While the nation plans their holiday itineraries and ‘what to pack’ lists, as always I urge people to consider their security on holiday. Wherever you go in the world, whatever holiday accommodation you book, your personal safety and that of your belongings is of the utmost importance. The EasyLock, the portable, temporary door lock is lightweight, portable, incredibly strong and simple to use and most importantly will keep you safe whichever type of holiday you choose.

Along with your passport, factor 50 sun cream and your sunglasses, make The EasyLock your holiday packing essential. You won’t lose any sleep worrying about security in advance of your holiday, and with the EasyLock on your holiday accommodation door you’ll be able to sleep like a baby, rather than with one eye open for any strange bump you might hear in the night…

The future of start-ups?

New statistics have revealed more than £1,700 per hour is being raised via crowdfunding in the UK and in 2015 more than $20 billion in funding transactions will occur globally – this really made my ears prick up as I was lucky enough to raise £10k to kick start The EasyLock in 2014. To get The EasyLock project off the ground, I needed this injection to begin the manufacturing of the locks in China. I had heard of crowdfunding but didn’t really know how it worked, but after some lengthy research I realised it was just what I needed as initial investment. Once Indigogo had approved The Easylock project and it went live, it was so exciting seeing the investments flood in. It gave me such hope that my dream of getting the EasyLock off the ground was actually going to happen.

As it worked so well for me, it’s incredible to think of all the other people who have benefited too, whether they wanted a few thousand or a few hundred thousand to bring their product to market. Crowdfunding is now a credible alternative to the painful process of applying for bank loans which makes the start-up process much simpler.

I do have a slight worry however that the crowdfunding bubble could burst. It has been such a success over the past few years, can crowdfunding really be a sustainable way of investing in start-ups for the foreseeable future? Will people continue to fund investment opportunities, or is it just a fad? I sincerely hope it’s not a fad. As an entrepreneur, I believe it’s a brilliantly democratic way to enable start-ups to start up – it sets people off on an even keel and enables  anyone to have a go – I did!



Congratulations to Kate and William, welcome Princess Charlotte!

What an exciting few weeks it has been in the UK with the election and the birth of a new Royal baby. Whether you are a royalist or not, it’s hard not to be excited about the arrival of a beautiful bouncing baby! I decided to mark the occasion with a give-away of free locks to people with the regal name of Charlotte. The competition is still running until 19th May on our Facebook page, check it out here: www.facebook.com/theeasylock. There are still some locks to be won so if you know anyone called Charlotte then do let them know about the competition – a free Easylock could be heading their way!

All this talk of babies made me think about The EasyLock and how it could be useful for families with small children. I’ve had lots of feedback from happy customers saying that they have used it on holiday to secure hotel rooms, apartments, villas, b&bs etc. Most people crave good long sleeps on holiday, but if you’re on edge as a parent wondering if someone could slip into your room at night whilst you and the little ones are in a deep sleep then you may be in for a wakeful night. But if you know that the door is totally secured against intruders, you can switch off. Conversely it also keeps little explorers inside a hotel room! One lady told me that on one of their holidays their children had woken early, opened their hotel room door, crept out, and were wandering the hotel corridors in the small hours. Thankfully they found them before they left the hotel. Having an EasyLock on their next holiday allowed them to sleep soundly, without the worry that the little ones could escape again.

It’s not only on holiday that The EasyLock comes into its own, it can be used in the home too. I have had feedback from mothers of newborns who have used the lock to totally secure their front door so they can grab forty winks whilst their baby is having their daytime nap. Another mother of small children told me that she used The EasyLock to secure her bedroom door to have an uninterrupted nap whilst Dad looked after the children. It stopped the children bursting into the bedroom waking her, as would usually happen.

I’m sure Princess Catherine isn’t disturbed during her daytime naps but for many mothers of little ones, The EasyLock could be a Godsend on holiday or at home.

Election fever

Election fever is gripping the country in the UK, you can’t turn on the TV or radio without a party political broadcast or one of the candidates waxing lyrical about something.

Whether you are gripped to your TV screens or can’t bear politicians droning on for one more second, the election certainly divides the nation. It also divides families – if next Thursday is the highlight of your year, if you’ve been waiting for this historical night for 5 years but your family would rather watch paint dry than enjoy an evening of politics on the television – The EasyLock maybe the solution to enjoy your evening of politics without interruption!

Firstly, set yourself up in the living room with snacks, drinks and settle down on the sofa for your much anticipated political TV fest. Secondly use The EasyLock to secure yourself in the room, you can so this very easily and in seconds so the rest of the family can’t rush in to change the channel and interfere with your night’s viewing.

So there you have it, a safe secure room for you to revel in the evening’s political unfoldings – safe from any unwanted disturbances (just a very unhappy family…!).





If you’re stuck what to buy for your Mother this Mother’s Day, look no further. This year, choose a gift which will provide a lifetime of peace of mind.

The EasyLock is the perfect gift for travel loving mothers. It is the lightest of its kind in the world and will completely secure the majority of inward opening doors, anywhere on the globe. It provides vital extra security, especially for women travellers, whether in a 5* hotel, a beach hut in Fiji or a country B&B.

Priced at just £24.95 it’s an ideal gift for Mother’s Day – Mums will be in good company with celebrity Mums such as Fearne Cotton, Mel B, Abbey Clancey & Davina McCall owning one too!

It is as light as plastic, as strong as stainless steel, and can be fitted in seconds. It is small enough to fit in a pocket or a handbag and also the only lock of its kind in the world to allow individuals to open the door slightly, to check a caller’s identity, or to take a letter, whilst maintaining total security.

Show your Mother you care this Sunday, with The EasyLock, a gift that will keep loved ones safe all year round.