Entrepreneurial Mum who invented oven shield on to a winner

Winner of Business Accelerators Competition, Jaime O'Connor, with the Oven Door Shield. Pictured at home in Southowram
Winner of Business Accelerators Competition, Jaime O'Connor, with the Oven Door Shield. Pictured at home in Southowram
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A Halifax inventor has high hopes after winning a Courier business award.

Mum-of-two Jaime O’Connor, 34, won the Local Business Accelerator Award after starting her own revolutionary business.

Jaime, of Southowram, devised the Oven Door Shield, which protects the inside of ovens from getting dirty, in March 2010.

Since then business has boomed, and Jaime’s original idea has been a huge hit across the country, having already struck up deals with Lakeland and Curry’s.

She said: “It’s a simple idea but sometimes that’s all it takes.

“I managed to get my foot in the door with Lakeland and they loved the product. They told me they would be able to sell thousands.

Jaime, mum of Harrison, five, and three-year-old Holly, was helping to run her husband Dale’s Aga servicing business when the idea came to her.

She said: “Dale told me lots of customers wanted to know how the could keep their Agas clean so that’s when I thought about making the shield.

“It started off as just for Aga, but then I realised there was a much bigger market out there for people who had regular ovens.”

The Aga shields are made of polytetrafluoroethylene, better known as PTFE, while the oven shields, which need to be see through, are made of a silicon mesh. Both products are made in Lancashire.

Jaime’s business has flourished in the short time since it began, and she is looking for guidance in where to take it next.

“My husband sometimes says to me that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew with this.

“I’m working all the hours in the day because I’m still running Dale’s Aga-servicing business too.

“That’s why I entered the Business Accelerator competition,” she said. “I’m looking for guidance on how to move my business forward and hopefully the Business Accelerators’ mentors will be able to do that.

“I’ve got patents pending on the shield. Worldwide searches have been done and there is nothing like this anywhere else,” she said.