Boost for new Leeds businesses up for grabs in start-up competition
The ‘Leeds Victoria Business Boost’ competition, which is offering the chance to win prize money of up to £2,000, plus expert advice and support, is open to all West Yorkshire-based businesses and residents who are looking to set up and grow a business, or are already in their first 18 months of trading. The closing date for entries to the competition is Friday 28 October.
Successful applicants will be invited to pitch their business ideas to a panel of business experts comprising of senior figures from Leeds Beckett University, Hammerson, The Yorkshire Post, Microsoft and WGN, with judging taking place on Thursday 17 November at DWF’s Leeds offices on Bridgewater Place.
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Fran Parkinson, Operations Manager for the Enterprise and Innovation Hub at Leeds Beckett, said: “Having housed and supported over 700 business enterprises, we know what a difference initial funds and professional support can make to fledgling businesses.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Hammerson for this business competition which supports West Yorkshire entrepreneurs. We are also very grateful to the West and North Yorkshire (WNY) Chamber of Commerce, WGN, the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Microsoft for their generous contributions and support.”
James Bailey, General Manager at Victoria Gate, added: "We are very happy to be able to support the Leeds community with the Business Boost competition. With the deadline for applications on the horizon, and the launch of Victoria Gate imminent, we are looking forward to the future of Leeds business and eagerly await the entries."
As well as the cash incentive, the winners will also receive a half hour business growth diagnostic to better understand and support their business, a year’s free membership of the WNY Chamber of Commerce, £1,000 worth of accountancy and tax support from WGN, six months’ free registered business address plus mail forwarding at the Enterprise and Innovation Hub at Leeds Beckett and exclusive membership to the 99 Club with the IoD (subject to eligibility).
Gerald Jennings, Leeds Chamber President, said: “We’re delighted to offer free Chamber membership to winners of this exciting competition. Being part of the Chamber will open up not only a host of services to help them grow their business but also access to around 100 networking events during the year enabling them to meet other like-minded business people.”
Colin Glass, senior partner at WGN, commented: “The competition is for budding entrepreneurs and, since we ourselves started out as ‘budding entrepreneurs’ in 1975, we have devoted our efforts to advising and assisting in this area. We, like the University and Hammerson, believe such businesses are the life-blood of the economy and deserve our full encouragement and assistance.”
The Winners will be presented with their awards on Wednesday 18 January at the Leeds Enterprise Network Event.