Search is on for innovative ideas
Aspiring entrepreneurs with new ideas are being urged to enter an innovative competition before its deadline at the end of the month.
Now in its seventh year, the Banbury Innovation Award aims to encourage those with a unique idea to apply, and entries for the competition need to be in before Friday, March 29.
Bernard Goodchild, organiser and one of the judges, said: “We hope that we will unearth a number of people who have a great idea that, with a little bit of help and support, will shoot forward and develop a successful business to help the local economy.
“Sir Tony Baldry MP comes along to the presentation evening each year, and has always spoken very positively about the event, saying it is a wonderful idea. Cherwell District Council has incorporated the Innovation Award as part of its strategic plan, which is good to encourage more people in the area to come forward.”
Following the deadline, applicants will get the chance to present their idea in a Dragons’ Den-style environment at Norbar Tools in Beaumont Road, before the presentation evening also held at the firm next month. Catherine Rohll, commercial director at Norbar, said: “We are really keen to support innovation in the Banbury area and the award raises the profile of people who apply and gives the winners a bit of a boost. This benefits everybody and will really help the local economy.”
The winner will receive prizes including £500 and free business membership to the Banbury and District Chamber of Commerce for one year. Other benefits include an office worth £2,500 at Banbury’s Colin Sanders Innovation Centre in Mewburn Road and a trophy.
For more information visit www.banburyinnovationaward.co.uk
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