Prizes for north east businesses

Entrepreneurs share £5,000 from accelerator

jamie-macgowanSmall businesses in the north of Scotland shared £5,000 from their winning pitches in the latest Entrepreneurial Spark accelerator.

At an event in Inverness hosted by Entrepreneurial Spark excellence engineer Anne Ferguson, and opened by chief executive Lucy-Rose Walker, Jamie MacGowan (pictured) of family business Buth Bheag Candle Co., scooped the #GoDoAcceler8 award and £2,000 prize.

Blair Fraser, founder of A2Z Signs, which supplies a variety of signage and display products, and Craig Innes, founder of independent craft distillery Pixel Spirits, both won #GoDo prizes and £1,000 for their businesses as a result of their commitment and drive to taking their start-ups to the next level.

Joanna Mackenzie, founder of Clean Bees, which provides cleaning solutions for homes and business, and Glen Tonkin, founder of Toncam Flooring & Interiors, a wood, stone and tile restoration company, each walked away with £500, having impressed the judges with their concise and expertly delivered 60 second pitch. 

The pilot Virtual Accelerator programme, was run in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and aimed at helping start-ups and early stage businesses from across the region accelerate their growth.

The first programme of its kind in the UK, additional funding and support was provided by Scottish Government and law firm Harper Macleod, with mentoring support offered by the Royal Bank of Scotland and Entrepreneurial Spark.

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