Five young entrepreneurs are aiming to secure a bright business future as they trade from empty units in Bury St Edmunds in a contest to win upto £10,000 in start-up funding and mentoring.
They will sell their unique range of wares today and tomorrow as part of a regional heat in the TestTown initiative, which aims to encourage more young people into business.
The finalists include online business Violet Lilly Vintage Clothing, run by Hollie Scott, of Bury; gourmet food business Marsh a la Mode, run by Aine Dempsey, of London, and conceptual art and jewellery business Ellenesse Finesse, run by Lianne Swaterbridge, of Somerset. All three will be based in the former Index premises in Unit 5, Cornhill Walk.
Meanwhile, social enterprise Smarti Paints Ltd, which teaches people with disabilities to produce craft items and is operated by Victoria Robertson, from Leicestershire, will occupy a former restaurant premises, in Hatter Street. Birds Baby Boutique, run by 3D life casting artist Keri Bird, of Bury, will be in unit 19 at the arc shopping centre.
The initiative is being held in conjunction with Ourburystedmunds and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds, said the town would benefit from ‘some younger business owners’.