Thirteen budding entrepreneurs have registered so far for a new challenge to stimulate business in the AB54 area.


The Dragons Y’Ken initiative launched in December of last year and has received a baker’s dozen of registrations to date. The people behind them are now working hard to develop their business plans in more detail for the end of February. All have been offered support with their plans and some have already taken up the offer. The first sitting of the panel of Dragons is expected in mid-late March. On offer to successful applicants is financial and mentoring support to help make their business ideas happen.


The ‘Den’ will be the boardroom at Dean’s of Huntly, an example of a successful Huntly home-grown business. The panel will be conducted in private to protect the confidentiality of the business ideas and to help the applicants feel more at ease.


Current Dragons invited are the scheme’s main sponsors Colin Forsyth (Managing Director of Quayside Fabrication) and Bill Dean (Managing Director of Dean’s). Also on the panel is Gary McEwan (CEO of Enterprise North East Trust). The scheme is also supported by Grampian Housing Association, Huntly Business Association, Huntly Development Trust and Youth Business Scotland, part of The Prince’s Trust.


Colin Forsyth is delighted with the response: “Its great to see a dozen new business ideas coming forward at this time, although more are always welcome. The registrations to date cover new-to-market products and services in a wide range of business sectors. It looks like we Dragons have got some interesting deliberations ahead!”


With the first date in the Den looming, anyone still thinking about entering an idea should contact Stuart Anderson of Quayside Fabrication on 07795 490987 or as soon as possible.


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