The winners of a business start-up competition have been announced to coincide with the growing success of Lancashire’s newest development for digital and creative companies.
The competition run by Strawberry Fields Digital Hub offered the opportunity for the winner to receive everything required to start and take a digital or creative business to the next level.
Finalists gathered at Strawberry Fields Digital Hub on 11 March to see if they were one of the lucky winners, which were announced by Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council commented “We are so pleased to be able to support new businesses by offering these prizes and we welcome them to Strawberry Fields Digital Hub – it’s fast becoming a real digital community.”
First prize includes hot desk space at the digital hub for 12 months, business telephone package, business support through Digital Creative, half day marketing consultancy session to help develop a brand and marketing strategy, networking group membership and much more.
Entrants had to provide an overview of their new digital or creative business idea by submitting a video to impress a panel of judges.
First prize went to, soon to be graduates from Lancaster University, studying at Blackpool & Fylde College, Gerwyn Moores and Chris Whalley, whose business Trinity Cyber offers cybersecurity services. The business is expected to launch this summer when they’ll join other digital and creative businesses at the hub.
Said Gerwyn Moores, co-founder of Trinity Cyber “We’re so pleased that we’ve won the competition. It will really provide valuable support and resources for the new business. The first few months of setting up a business can be a challenge, and this will really help.”
Second and third place winners also received hot desk space at Strawberry Fields Digital Hub for 12 months and for other finalists a 3 month taster of life at the Hub is on offer.
Second place prize went to Richard Gill of Go Virtual UK. Richard is currently one of 20 people contracted by Google who create the 360 Street View images available on Google Maps, using the Street View car and other cameras. Go Virtual UK takes Google Street View from the road and into the interior of high street businesses. Richard has already engaged with the support programme available, Digital Creative.
Richard Alker, Google number one children’s author won third place prize with his business Ecky Thump Digital providing a website SEO and social media service to other businesses.
Richard commented “I am so grateful. The prize of a hot desk will really make a huge difference to my business and I can’t wait to work alongside the other creatives and digital organisations at the hub.”
The £8.4 million Strawberry Fields Digital Hub development, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, opened in October 2019 providing the opportunity for start-ups and SMEs in the digital and creative sectors to work alongside each other in an innovative, supporting and vibrant environment.
The hub’s fixed office space is now is around 68% occupied with many more businesses interested in becoming part of this growing digital and creative community.
Second place prize winner, Richard Gill commented “I’m excited about working at the hub, it’s a great place, and looking forward to meeting the other businesses there.”
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