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Winners selected for BIPC Northamptonshire’s Small Business Grants

Written by on May 13, 2021

Nineteen new start-ups chosen for the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire’s Reset. Restart Small Business Grants

After a wave of enquiries and over 150 applications, the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire team shortlisted 34 aspiring entrepreneurs, who were invited to give a presentation on their new start-up to a panel of judges in a Dragon’s Den style elevator pitch. The Small Business Grants panel consisted of the BIPC Northamptonshire team and representatives from Building Business Consultancy and Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce. After several days of presentations, the shortlist was narrowed down to 19 winners. They are:

Attain Coaching – Cate Gregory
Career Catapult – Esther Greenwood & James Gage
Form Five Group – Matthew Abraham & Matthew Kemshed
Goldings Communications Ltd – Kim Hughes
Jolibi – Agi Brodzinski
Kirsch Home – Rebecca Kirsch
Knight Shift Virtual Assistant Services – Laurie Knight
Lacerta Design – Rhiannon Griffiths
Made for Belle & Friends – Lorna Chamberlain
Personal Strengths Coaching – Nicola Jackson
Pieces Academy – Kiran Tehara
Saints Coffee – Ben Francoise
Serengeti Spirits – Alex Wright
Simply Ngo Ltd – Ngozi Kemjika
Sounding Sticks – Kate McKenzie
The Boxed Bakery – Laura Conroy
Topstitch UK – Jo Griffiths
Wildflowers – Ali Mitchell
YooKanToo – Kellie Ceccarelli

Businesses range from organic soap products, a social enterprise coffee shop, educational support and wellbeing therapy. To find out more about the new start-ups click here!

The new businesses will each receive:
·         £1,500 grant for business expenses
·         A year’s free membership with the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce
·         Ongoing free business support from the BIPC Northamptonshire team
·         Promotional profiling

Isabel Oswell, Head of Business Audiences at the British Library, said:

“At the British Library we’re proud to be working with a growing network of public libraries across the country to ensure that anyone with an idea can walk into their local library and take the first steps to start and grow a successful business. It’s wonderful to see how our partners at Northamptonshire Libraries have tailored our national Reset. Restart programme to their local small business community through the Small Business Grants. We congratulate the 19 winners and looking forward to seeing them flourish and develop their businesses with help from this superb initiative”.

The Small Business Grants formed an additional part of the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire’s Reset. Restart programme, part of a national programme of workshops and dedicated support for SMEs set up during the COVID-19 pandemic, led by the British Library.

The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire can help support you start, run and grow your business through free events, webinars, one-to-one support, intellectual property advice, access to our market research database resources and mentoring as part of our Spring Into Business campaign.


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