Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: Budding business brains coming to Bury for TestTown initiative

10:34 15 July 2014

Archant

Five bright new businesses are bringing their ideas to Bury St Edmunds this week as they battle it out for £10,000.

shares

The TestTown initiative will see young entrepreneurs trial their ideas in Bury’s booming town centre, with the winner advancing to compete against five other regional champions.

Vintage clothing, gourmet marshmallows and a baby boutique are among the products on offer when the businesses open on Friday, and Ourburystedmunds chief executive Mark Cordell said it was a good move for both parties.

“Although in Bury the number of vacant retail units is at its lowest level for over five years, we are very excited by this initiative as I feel the town would benefit with some younger business owners,” he said.

“The five contestants have got some brilliant ideas and I hope they find Bury St Edmunds a great place to get their enterprises off the ground.”

Ourburystedmunds and St Edmundsbury Borough Council have been instrumental in attracting the project, which is run by the Carnegie Uk Trust and will be based at vacant premises around the town.

Two women from Bury – Hollie Scott and Keri Bird – will be among the five launching their ideas on Friday.

Ms Scott’s Violet Lilly Vintage Clothing will run alongside three other businesses in the former Index premises in Unit 5, Cornhill Walk.

Birds Baby Boutique – run by 3D life-casting artist Ms Bird – will be based in Unit 19 at the Arc shopping centre.

Londoner Aine Dempsey’s Marsh a la Mode, which is selling luxury marshmallows, and Ellenesse Finesse – an art and jewellery business by Lianne Swaterbridge, from Somerset – will also be based in Cornhill Walk.

Smarti Pants Limited, a social enterprise teaching people with disabilities to produce craft items, run by Victoria Robertson from Mountsorrel in Leicestershire, will be based in Hatter Street.

The winner will be announced on Sunday.

They will pocket £500 and advance to the national final in Cambridge this autumn.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A charity footbal match at Mildenhall Town Football Club raising money for Simon Dobbins who is in a coma after he was attacked by football hooligans in Essex.

Hundreds attended a match in support of a “loving” family man from Mildenhall, who was nearly killed after a “vicious” attack by football hooligans.

Colne Valley Railway

An award winning tourist attraction says it will have to leave its home of 40 years because its landlord is selling up.

Great Finborough Church is one of 18 across Suffolk which will receive grants towards roof repairs

Eighteen of Suffolk’s much-loved medieval churches have been awarded a total of more than £800,000 between them to repair their roofs.

From The Archives West


Remembrance Day Parade  in  Sudbury 

November 1994

Do the pictures in our gallery bring back any memories for you?

The new Ufford Recreation Ground playpark was officially opened on Saturday, 21 March by Polly Durrant, committee member for the park, Catherine Barrett, 9, Suffolk Coastal District Cllr Richard Kerry, design competition winner Lauren Barrett, 7, Sophie Barrett, 11, and Ufford Parrish Council's Deputy Chair Jane Hawthorne.

Children, parents and community leaders have celebrated the completion of an “impressive” new play area in an east Suffolk village.

An East of England Ambulance Trust ambulance. Photograph Simon Parker

A man has been taken to hospital after crushing his leg between two pallets in Stowmarket.

Abbey Gardens - are you proud of Suffolk's green spaces?

Welcome to Suffolk Says – your opportunity to give your views on a range of important issues in our county.

The land on Church Lane, Claydon where planning applications have been applied for to install caravans and an amenities building. Photograph Simon Parker

Planning officers have recommended representatives in Mid Suffolk refuse an application for a travellers’ site in the district.

Indecent images found on pensioner's laptop

A 74-year-old Ipswich man whose name was given to Suffolk detectives as part of a worldwide inquiry has been given a caution for child pornography.

A14

The A14 westbound is reopen after a lorry broke down this morning.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages