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Dragons' Den – Calling All Budding Entrepreneurs

Nottingham Building Society (The Nottingham) and Nottinghamshire Community Foundation are inviting applications from budding entrepreneurs in the East Midlands looking for a grant to support their business development.

The Nottingham and six local ‘Business Dragons’ are looking to award successful enterprise ideas a grant of up to £2000, plus potential investment, to support their business development. The ‘Business Dragons’ include:

  • Robert Atkinson - Managing Director of Caterway
  • Ian Baxter - ex-RH Freight
  • David Marlow - Chief Executive of Nottingham Building Society
  • Sam Pinkham - Broadcaster at Gem 106
  • Mark Samworth - Samworth Brothers
  • Dr Nik Kotecha - Managing Director of Morningside Pharmaceuticals.

To be considered for a grant applicants need to be resident in the East Midlands, be able to submit a realistic business plan and have a great enterprise idea. To find out more visit www.thenottingham.com/dragonsden. All applications need to be submitted by 9.30am on 21 January 2013. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their ideas to the Business Dragons on 7 February 2013.

David Marlow, Chief Executive of The Nottingham, commenting on the grants, said, “I was delighted when Nottinghamshire Community Foundation approached us and asked if we would sponsor the grants this time around. It means an awful lot to us to support entrepreneurs and employment in the region. We look forward to reviewing the submissions.”

Nina Dauban, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Community, “Previous Dragons' Dens have led to some great successes including Uni2 Know Ltd and Easy Preorders Ltd, where our Dragons were so impressed they have invested themselves and offered mentoring support. We encourage budding entrepreneurs to apply as they may get a lot more than the grant.”