Cornish entrepreneur's award for "dog mess" innovation
A entrepreneur from north Cornwall has won a national award for creating a product to aid dog walkers.
Mandy Davies, 34, from Newquay, picked up silver at the annual "Mumpreneur" awards for designing the "Dicky Bag", an airtight neoprene bag for dog mess.
The idea originated after a walk with her children and dog was spoilt by carrying faeces in a plastic bag.
Mrs Davies decided to use neoprene after seeing its uses in the wetsuit shops in Newquay.
She wanted a lightweight, soft but fairly rigid receptacle that would mean she could "could carry the poo I had so conscientiously picked up and be able to continue my walk with both hands free".
"Living in Newquay, the surf capital, and being surrounded by wetsuit shops my first thought was to use neoprene.
"It's light, semi-rigid and the rubber can form an airtight seal," she added.
Her Dicky Bag has been granted patents in the UK and US.