Duo are ‘app-y with being their own boss

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A PAIR of enterprising technology enthusiasts are making their television début after quitting their jobs to make their business dreams a reality.

Sam Furr, who comes from Milton Keynes, and Ben Hogan, who now lives in Bedford, feature in new BBC Three show ‘Be Your Own Boss’, showcasing their creative app development.

Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Smoothies, fronts the series and has £1million at his disposal to invest in the three top ideas.

Ben, 31, and Sam, 27, were both working full time when Ben heard a radio advertisement for the show and applied.

They were invited to participate, handed some cash and told to turn a profit, before pitching to Richard.

Ben said: “We got given £100 and were told to make some money so we got in front of people everywhere – from Lions Eggs to Rymans – offering them apps.

“We ended up making £6,000 or so and gave the money to Children In Need.”

He adds: “The show was good fun. My wife, Carmela, and Sam’s girlfriend, Alex, were a bit concerned when we quit our jobs but we are doing what we love, doing well and it doesn’t feel like work.”

Their business, AppDevelopers, has had commissions for apps from a host of companies, including an egg timer app for Lions Eggs and an app for the celebrity beauty haunt, HD Brows, in Broughton.

The duo have a website which is available to view here

> See how Ben and Sam do in episode three of ‘Be Your Own Boss’, on BBC Three, Wednesday 26 September, at 9pm.