Cotswold Collaborates offers funding to young entrepreneurs
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Are you a fine food entrepreneur aged 16-24, looking for help with your business? Then look no further. Following its previous success, Cotswold Fayre has announced its start-up support scheme, Cotswold Collaborates, will be once again open for nominations this year. The winning applicant receives a whopping £1,000 to help kick-start their business model alongside mentoring from Paul Hargreaves, the Managing Director of Cotswold Fayre. Better yet, the winner will also get the chance to work with Cotswold Fayre’s design team to help develop their brand image. Last year’s winning applicant, Ben Nichols, founder of fruit smoothie company, So Smoothies, stated: “Winning Cotswold Collaborates has been significant in taking my business to the next level.” “The advice and mentoring support from Paul Hargreaves at Cotswold Fayre, has been incredibly helpful and in the past few months I have learnt a lot from his expertise in the industry. When I applied for the scheme last year distribution was a huge problem for us, due to the nature of the product, however, Paul has helped me to improve this significantly in just a short period of time. “Additionally, the cash award has been invested directly into new equipment for the business premises, helping to improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process.” Looking at the success of Ben, this scheme seems to offer the full package to help you make it in such a competitive industry. So what are you waiting for? Applications will be open on the 1st March, 2014 and close on the 30th June, 2014. Apply at www.cotswoldfayre.co.uk
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