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September 25 2012

Graduates with their hearts set on starting their own business received some advice from four local businesses.

Twelve people took part in a business pitch competition funded by Glyndŵr University, Wrexham Council and the Welsh Government.

The graduates spent five days over two weeks at Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus developing ideas at workshops led by the Assets & Economic Development Department of Wrexham County Borough Council, before presenting their ideas to a panel the businessmen and women.

The winner, Becky Knox received £250 in stationery vouchers, with two runners up, Andrew Gallanders and Sarah Jones, receiving vouchers valued at £100 each.

Ideas included a children’s book, coffee shop, bakery and IT solutions businesses, as well as one specialising in equine dentistry.

The panel was made up of Granville Bell, of Easy Chemicals Ltd, Mold; Vicky Davies, of Handelsbanken, Wrexham; Tim Mitchell, a partner at McLintocks Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors; and Neil Bevan, director at Hunter Bevan Marketing and Design, based in Knockin, Shropshire.

Susan Hughes, programme and contract manager for Wrexham County Borough Council, helped to organise the event with Karen Lennox, head of careers at Glyndŵr University. The workshops were set up by Matthew Woodhead of Woodhead Consulting on behalf of Wrexham County Borough Council and supported by Liz Wallens, business development officer at the council.

She said: “All of the graduates said the event was worth its weight in gold. The opportunity to tap into the knowledge and experience of the local business people has given them a fresh perspective on their businesses. They received invaluable advice and whether they received a prize or not they’ve all been winners from that point of view.

“The initiative is about supporting economic growth in Wales – encouraging people to start up their own businesses which will create jobs here. Hopefully in a small way we have played a part in contributing to that objective.

“The event was a pilot and was very well received by the graduates.  We hope to build on the success of this project and obtain further funding from the Welsh Government to run this graduate enterprise challenge in the new year.”

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