Drone Safe Register founder Mark Boyt says there are currently no plans to hike membership prices following the huge visibility that its appearance on Dragons’ Den has given the business.
Mr Boyt agreed to sell 40% of his business to tech titan Peter Jones following a captivating episode of the hit BBC series aired on Sunday.
The deal has brought the online drone hire company the kind of exposure that Mr Boyt could only have dreamed of when he set up the service.
In an in-depth interview with Commercial Drone Professional published this week, Mr Boyt said the input from Mr Jones and his team has already led to the company improving its online offering, but dampened suggestions it could become more expensive for members.
Professional drone pilots with IAA or CAA permission currently pay £195 a year plus VAT to belong to the database.
He said: “There is no talk of trying to put people’s membership up at all, our main focus is to bring more customers for our members and to rebuild the website to start with, and those are our two objectives. We’re about to start building a website. We’ve got a hire site at the moment and a stock footage website so we are going to try and combine the two.”
Drone Safe Register currently has around 450 members and Mr Boyt said it was “really important” for him to look after the people that have supported the venture since the start. This is reflected in the reduced £150 renewal rate it offers and its policy of not taking any commission from its members for hire or aerial stock footage sales.
“We plan on keeping that the same. The plan for us at the minute is bringing in new customers to the website which is already happening and to combine the two websites in one,” he said.
Mr Boyt revealed he has met with tech investor and Jessops chief Jones an average of once a month since the equity offer was made.
“I’ve had about five meetings with him since May and I’ve got a meeting booked with him next week. To work with, he and his team have been excellent, they are so down to earth and so approachable. When you sit in Peter Jones’ boardroom and he’s talking to you, you know things are going to get quite interesting,” he said.