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Lockdown Startup BOOTPAC celebrates first sales


Seeing their existing businesses drying up due to the pandemic North Wales entrepreneurs Mike Wilson and Robert Bruce decided to press forward with Mike’s idea of a versatile car boot protector aimed at the garden and leisure market.

The BOOTPAC is unique because it can seal in wet and dirty items and fully protect the car on trips to the recycling centre or days out.

“We designed and sourced the Bootpac during the first lockdown,” said Robert. “We didn’t think we would still be locked down now the first stock has arrivedm”

Bellis Brothers Farm Shop and Garden Centre near Wrexham was one of the first trade customers so Mike and Robert were delighted to showcase the product to consumers over the Bank Holiday weekend.

“It’s an innovative and practical product that’s perfect for our customers,” said Bellis Brothers buyer Beverley Bostok. “I was impressed by the quality and attention to detail that Robert and Mike have put into the product. Rather than be put off by the problems of the last 18 months they have come up with something completely different and we are happy to help them bring it to market.”

Mike and Robert will be taking the range to to Glee in September but in the meantime have a limited amount of stock available on a first come first served basis.

Any buyers should contact the company via or by email at

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