Thinking big businesses ‘cheque’ in

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TWO WINNING entrepreneurs were presented with their share of a £7,500 investment package last Wednesday to help them establish their new businesses.

The Think Big New Business Ideas Competition was sponsored by Angus Council, Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, GlaxoSmithKline, Arbroath-based website consultants Hit Reach Web Design, and leading Scottish marmalade and preserve makers Mackays.

Winning competitors Katherine Adamson and Kate Pickering were chosen after presenting a business idea and relevant business plan – both in written form and in a ‘Dragons Den’ business pitch - to a panel of judges, representing Mackays, Hit Reach, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Chamber.

Katherine scooped the top prize to launch her business idea, Masterpiece Memorials, to offer the design and manufacture of bespoke memorial stones – a niche market with considerable future potential, according to the judges. Her prize package consists of £3,250 cash, £1,250 in web support from Hit Reach and membership and advertising with Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce worth £500.

Jewellery design graduate and runner-up Kate Pickering won a prize package consisting of £1,250 in cash and £1,250 in web support from Hit Reach for her business – Vanilla Ink Studios – offering premises, especially work space and equipment, plus advice and mentoring, to people like herself to help them launch themselves into the craft jewellery market.

Cheques were presented by Paul Grant of Mackays and Charles Goodall, of the Federation of Small Businesses.