A MUM-of-two is set to appear on mainstream television to pitch her business invention which has been inspired by her youngest daughter.

Helen Davies, of Cowley Hill Lane, St Helens, will present the EasyMat Mini to judges on Channel 4's Buy It Now on Thursday at 5.30pm in a bid to secure major retail offers.

The EasyMat Mini is the first ever compact and foldable suction plate, which can be used at home and while travelling.

Helen devised the idea after seeing her daughter Keira, three, repeatedly throwing her plate and full meals on the floor.

Helen, 40, said: “I spotted a gap in the market and felt determined to create a weaning product that would promote independent feeding.

“Like a lot of parents we enjoy eating out with our kids in restaurants and on holiday but we could never find a suitable plate to take with us that was easily portable and that fitted most highchair sizes.

"The EasyMat Mini feels really liberating as you can prepare your child’s food in advance and take it out with you thanks to unique features that include a sealed lid, a compact design and a carry case.”

The EasyMat Mini won a BizzieBaby UK Gold Award last year, an accolade which is decided by parent reviews.

On Buy It Now, Helen will be given 90 seconds to convince at least one member of the studio audience to buy her product.

If she manages to achieve this after revealing the price, she will be given the opportunity to present her Amazon UK best-seller to a retail panel in a bid to secure offers.

Helen added: “Parents have told us that they love the mat but all bets are off when you go on Buy It Now as you are at the mercy of the studio audience.

“I practised my pitch for weeks because a big retail order could be potentially life-changing not only for the future of our business, but for us as a family.

"Brian Conley, who presents the show, was absolutely lovely and really put me at ease but as soon as the cameras started rolling my nerves kicked in big time.

"I will be watching the show through my fingers when it airs.

“My partner Lloyd and our girls will be welcoming all our friends and family round to our house to watch the show together but I am sworn to absolute secrecy until then.”

Helen is currently in talks with distributors across the world to spread the benefits of her product.