BFS (UK) Ltd’s Martin Collins joined four distinguished panellists in a Dragon’s Den style event organised by the non-profit charity organisation The Nottingham Community Foundation. Running for its 11th year, the event discovers budding entrepreneurs and supports them on their road to success.
Having supported local charities for many years, The Nottingham Community Foundation created the Dragon’s Den format to extend their support to new start-up businesses with exciting potential. In addition to an opportunity to secure grant funding and investment, the winners also gain invaluable advice and feedback from the panel of experts.
Winning Business Initiatives
From a shortlist of 15 entrepreneurs from the Nottinghamshire area 8 were invited to pitch to the Dragons in the hope of winning a grant of up to £3000. To impress the Dragons, each entrepreneur needed to demonstrate an innovate idea with commercial viability that would also make a positive impact on people living within the local area.
This year, there were three inspirational winners who walked away with prizes to help them develop their potential.
Jordana Chin, owner of Nutri2Go
University of Nottingham graduate Jordana runs an ethical and healthy fast food delivery service. Using only 100% biodegradable packaging and with deliveries performed by cyclists to reduce carbon emissions, Jordana’s tasty business approach earned her £3000.
Olivia Swift, creator of Lotus Maternity Ltd
Having trained as a midwife, Olivia was passionate about helping women to breastfeed. Lotus Maternity designs and manufactures a range of stylish nursing tops that enable women to breastfeed discreetly in public. Olivia secured funding to help her widen her audience with digital marketing.
Aleksandra Czerwiakowska, Director Of Cereal Master
To expand her personalised nutritious and healthy breakfast business Aleksandra was awarded funding towards the expense of a freeze dryer.
Supporting Business Growth
Alongside Martin, the panel included; Melanie Currie, Deputy Dean of Nottingham Business School; David Marlow, CEO Nottingham Building Society; Beverley Parr, owner of B&J Parr Ltd; and Kevin Shakesheff, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Science) of the University of Nottingham.
Martin was delighted to take part in the event, which is set to return again next year.
“At BFS, we pride ourselves on helping businesses secure financial solutions to help them achieve their goals. Nottinghamshire Dragon’s Den is a fantastic and unique opportunity to apply our knowledge of the financial sectors to supporting talented new entrepreneurs as they start an exciting journey.”