Shropshire Star 2010

Shropshire Star 2010

Turtle Doves short listed for Shropshire Star Ideas Award. March 24th, 2010 A green business wanting to boost plastic recycling, and a cleaning company focusing on the critters you can’t see, are just two of the ventures hoping to pick up a £4,000 prize in the Shropshire Star’s Dragons’ Den-style competition.

Shropshire Star Kate Holbrook

Peter Pawsey, of the Rural Regeneration Zone, Di Thompson of the e-Innovation Centre at the University of Wolverhampton’s Priorslee campus and Ian Morris, of Turner Peachey Chartered Accountants, once again make up our expert panel of dragons. They will be sifting through the entries and selecting a shortlist of entrepreneurs who will be invited to present their ideas to the panel next month. The 2009 competition saw the best-ever shortlist of semi-finalists, with the judges saying it was difficult to pick the top three. Mr Pawsey said: “Any one of the semi-finalists in 2009 would have been a finalist in previous years with the quality of the entries extremely high.”

Mr Morris said last year entrants showed some “great” ideas, adding it was “vastly encouraging” to see so many new ideas for business in Shropshire and Mrs Thompson said the 2009 entries was of an “outstanding calibre.” Last year’s Star Idea winner Kerry Swinton is continuing to build on her success with the BBC calling on her Telford-based business Teeny Beanies for help. Specialising in making themed beanbags, she was asked by researchers on makeover show DIY SOS to create a design for a special project they are working on. Kerry sent the beanbag off to the designers week.

The semi-finalists will be invited to give a presentation to the judges on April 26 at the Shropshire Star’s offices in Telford. The winner will be chosen in a three way vote by the judges, an online poll at www.shropshirestar.com and guests at the Shropshire Business Awards on June 4 when the winner is announced.

Kate Holbrook

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