A LOCAL First Aid group franchise will benefit from a publicity boost after its owner appeared on Dragons' Den.

Mini First Aid offers a range of classes across the UK, training people in basic and life-saving first aid for babies and children.

And Julia Stubbs, who owns the Bolton, Bury and Salford franchise, is thrilled that the company received a £50,000 investment on Dragons' Den.

During the Dragons’ Den episode that aired late last month, children demonstrated on each other how to perform abdominal thrusts, using the Actfast Anti Choking Vest, as taught in the Mini First Aid Kids class.

Owners Kate and Matt Ball were successful in attracting the investment from Dragon Sara Davies.

Julia said: "This will benefit us as franchise owners because some of the investment will be going into marketing and helping raise awareness of the resources that we offer.

"It is fantastic that they went on the programme and showed people what we can offer. It is an amazing thing to be part of."

Julia often provides classes in an array of environments, such as schools and nurseries, while people can sign up for classes which are often held throughout the week.

She has held the local franchise for the last year-and-a-half, having only recently been able to kick into action due to the pandemic.

The classes cover everything from cuts and scrapes to head injuries, bruises and burning.

Kate said: "“The whole Dragons’ Den experience has been incredible. Family is right at the heart of everything we do at Mini First Aid, so it felt completely right for the children to be involved.

"Sara and I have some really exciting ideas, so watch this space.”

Sara Davies said: “Kate and her family gave us a hugely impactful pitch in the Den and I was instantly impressed by her and Mini First Aid. I am thrilled that Kate accepted my offer. I’m looking forward to working with her and making our plans come to life.”

For more information on Mini First Aid, visit minifirstaid.co.uk.