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Businesses Step Up for a head start in South Cambridgeshire

Step Up

Published: 06th July 2011.

After its success last year, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) Step Up competition is back.

Designed to promote business start-up creativity and innovation, Step Up encourages local people to take an entrepreneurial step forward to establish new business ideas and initiatives.

The lucky winner will receive around £30,000 worth of business support, including a year of office accommodation and legal, accounting, marketing and public relations support.

Supported by the Cambridge News and sponsored by Business Link, Ware Anthony Rust, Regus, Taylor Vinters, Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and Streets Chartered Accountants, the ‘Dragons Den’ style competition will see finalists pitch their new business ideas to a panel of judges.

Young businesses and those with innovative ideas are invited to send their proposals to SCDC. Entries will be judged on creativity, planning and research, market awareness, commitment and saleability. The shortlisted entrants will then be invited to present to the judges on 15 September.

This year’s judges are: John Bridge (Chairman of the competition and CEO of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Chambers of Commerce, Alan Blake (Streets Chartered Accountants), Quentin Golder (Taylor Vinters Solicitors), Danny Bellew (Regus), Walter Herriot (Innovation & Enterprise Champion), Gareth Brookman (Ware, Anthony, Rust) and Carol Deslandes (Business Link).

To help them with their submissions, all entrants are invited to take part in free Business Link workshops that have been designed to help entrants to formulate their ideas, and give them skills to help them for the competition and beyond.

Three workshops are taking place at South Cambridgeshire Hall on 12 July, 27 July and 8 August 2011. Entrants should register to attend one of these online at or by calling 0845 601 1000.  For Business Support advice applicants may wish to seek some start-up information for their plans through:

Cllr Nick Wright, SCDC’s portfolio holder for economic development, said: “As a business-friendly council, we want to offer local entrepreneurs opportunities for employment, enterprise and innovation, and this competition encourages all three.”

Application forms can be downloaded from All entries must be received by 31 August 2011 at 5pm.

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