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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Cotton Court Business Centre’s Start-Up winner announced

Craig Wilson of Blox Mobile Storage has been revealed as the winner of the Cotton Court Business Centre’s Start-Up competition.

Craig has created a custom-built delivery trailer which gives Blox Storage the unique ability to deliver walk-in sized, weatherproof containers directly to your home or business for you to pack in your own time. Blox Storage then collects and stores the container in its secure warehouse, with onward delivery available anywhere.

The Start-Up Competition launched in March saw budding and established entrepreneurs from across Lancashire take part for the chance to win a prize valuing nearly £20,000.

The competition saw entrepreneurs from across the county pitch for a chance to win everything they need to start, build and expand their business. Twelve finalists came into Cotton Court to film their business pitches, then the top 3 pitched their ideas in a Dragon’s Den style format to our expert panel, which was made up of some high profile business experts in Lancashire, including:

Andrew Leeming –  Programme Manager at Boost Business Lancashire

Heather Waters – Enterprise Manager at NatWest

Robert Binns – Director, Cotton Court Business Centre

Dharma Kovvuri – Dean of Burnley Campus, UCLan

Paul Woodburn – Partner, WNJ Accountants

Steph Harding, Commercial Manager, Wallace Digital

Michael Finnigan – Founder,  i2i

Alistaire Jama – Managing Director, Kennedy Ross Consulting

Amy Blundell, Manager, Cotton Court Business Centre, said: “We are absolutely delighted to support future entrepreneurs from Lancashire. Myself, Robert and the team at Cotton Court are really looking forward to working with the competition winner and finalists. The competition is an excellent platform for local entrepreneurs to get their business off to the best possible start, with the help of professional support from the panel and advisors.”

The panel also saw inspiring pitches from runners up, Laura Jeffers of Asikara and Laura and Rachel Beattie of Careaux, who Cotton Court and the advisors will also work with going forward.

Craig Wilson will now be given a dedicated package of benefits including a desk space at Cotton Court, marketing and design support, mentoring, access to networking events, a smart telephone package, professional photography and many other benefits.

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