Horsham businessman bidding for Branson’s cash

From left to right: Greg Roffe, Lee Rendell and Darren Richmond of Soldier's Box have entered the Virgin Business Pitch to Rich 2015 competition SUS-150427-131318001
From left to right: Greg Roffe, Lee Rendell and Darren Richmond of Soldier's Box have entered the Virgin Business Pitch to Rich 2015 competition SUS-150427-131318001

A new digital legacy service developed by a Horsham businessman is bidding for a share of a £1m prize fund from Richard Branson to take the idea to the next level.

Horsham-based Darren Richmond, who owns his own website development company and has thirty years experience in the IT industry, came up with The Soldier’s Box as a way of providing an online storage box where someone can store all their most important digital possessions, including photos, videos, documents, passwords, personal messages, and dying wishes.

He shared the idea with two life-long school friends Greg Roffe and Lee Rendell and they are hoping to secure a share of a £1m marketing fund from Virgin Media’s 2015 Pitch to Rich competition, open to entrepreneurs across the UK.

The name comes from a practice in the First World War where soldiers would keep their most important documents and treasured possessions in small tins or boxes for safe keeping. In the event of their death, their boxes would be passed to loved ones.

To Vote for the The Solider’s Box visit http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/pitch-to-rich/grow/fortunesoft-uk-ltd/