North East comparison site founders pitch to Dragons Den stars

Two North East health experts will come face to face with five of the UK's most formidable business minds on popular television show Dragons’ Den this weekend

Dr. Ganesh Rao and Tim Harwood, founders of the Newcastle-based TreatmentSaver.com
Dr. Ganesh Rao and Tim Harwood, founders of the Newcastle-based TreatmentSaver.com

Two North East health experts will come face to face with five of the UK’s most formidable business minds on popular television show Dragons’ Den this weekend.

Dr. Ganesh Rao and Tim Harwood, founders of Newcastle-based TreatmentSaver.com - a comparison website for laser eye surgery, cosmetic surgery and beauty clinics - will appear on the BBC 2 programme this Sunday evening at 9pm in a bid to convince the multi-millionaires to invest in their business. Rao, a medical doctor from Jesmond and Harwood, a laser eye surgery-trained optometrist from Heaton, set up Treatment Saver after spotting a gap in the market for an independent online portal where users could compare health and beauty clinics, book their appointments online and save money on their treatments.

The duo, who first met at college, saw the website as an opportunity to combine their industry expertise with their in-depth interest in digital technology.

They applied to take part in Dragons’ Den last year and were chosen as one of the 100 companies to appear on the latest series of the show out of more than 5000 applicants.

Rao said: “Taking part in the programme was a great experience and we’d recommend it to anyone looking to grow their business.

“Not only does it provide good exposure, but it also pushes you out of your comfort zone, puts you under pressure, and causes you to thoroughly dissect every aspect of your company.”

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