For a second year Tameside Council has joined Tameside Enterprise Board and the Tameside Centre for Enterprise to organise a local version of the popular BBC Two programme “Dragons’ Den” to provide a springboard for residents who would like to start their own business.
As with the television show, entrants can get expert advice to develop their idea before pitching it to a panel of local business leaders.
Those successful in impressing the dragons sufficiently to win funding will receive ongoing support from Tameside Enterprise Centre, and mentoring from the Dragon’s to help their business get off to a flying start.
Phill Brown MBE, managing director of Benchmark Building Supplies and chair of the Tameside Enterprise Board, said: “More and more people are thinking about starting out on their own and Dragons’ Den will not only give them a head start, it will help them through the difficult early stages of launching a business, and as they begin to hopefully grow and expand.”
“Last year we helped a dozen new business startup in Tameside. They each received grants of between £500 to £1000 to help them get underway and I am delighted the success that they have had.
Sheila Taylor from “Taylor made Bunting” said “I Was dreading going into the Dragons Den. I had never done a presentation before, and my IT skills left a lot to be desired, but with the help of the team at the Tameside Enterprise Centre and confidence in the product I plucked up all my courage and went for it!”
“The Dragons were amazing they put me at ease during the presentation and believed in me and my product. The support and grant that I received have really helped me to get the business off on the right foot and a year on it’s going well and I love what I’m doing.