A dad has created a clever device that helps children learn how to tie their laces. The device, called Lace’mups, helps youngsters to hold the different parts of the laces while they tie them and then it simply slips off the shoe, leaving the laces bound tightly. Ben Drury, of Whitley Bay North Tyneside, developed the product after becoming increasingly frustrated trying to help his daughter Isabel tie up her new sports trainers numerous times. The dad-of-three said: “At the time I thought someone must have invented something that helps. But after a search on Google, it turned out no-one had, so I thought I’d give it a try.” The product has now gone into production and over the last 12 months, they have refined the design and gone through the strict process of European safety testing getting it ready to sell.