Three new businesses are to benefit from cash and in kind support after making it through the Dragons Y’Ken selection process.
Backed by Quayside Fabrications, Deans of Huntly, Huntly Development Trust, Grampian Housing Association, Huntly Business Association and The Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland, the incentive for applicants was a prize fund of £5000 as well as business advice and mentoring.
First choice was Rachel Cruxton of Culdrain, an established crafter who also has helped run a successful mail order shop with her son selling haberdashery locally and worldwide. Rachel runs weekly craft workshops but now wants to start a business with a laser cutter which can cut through wood, metal, leather, textiles and card. With the laser cutter Rachel will be able to produce buttons, clocks, coasters, frames, jewellery and wedding stationary. The laser cutter costs around £5000 and will be sourced and provided for Rachel so that she can progress her business idea.
A runner up in the initiative who will have her Garden Rejuvenation business idea supported was Julie-Ann Henderson from Glass, whose business plan is to provide an instant garden service for properties which are for sale. Under her plan Julie-Ann will supply planters with raised trellises to improve the appearance of the garden. The Dragon’s made a commitment to supplement her own investment by ensuring she is provided with the equipment she requires.
Also a runner up was Lisa Robertson from Kennethmont who has filed for a patent on a device which has already attracted the interest of Lakeland Plastics but for which she requires to produce a prototype. Lisa has designed a board which will assist anyone with limited upper limb mobility. The board will be made from durable polyethylene and would be capable of taking attachments for gadgets such as a grater or crusher. Lisa envisages marketing her “Do-Ables” through occupational therapies and has been in touch with the NHS and Motability. The Dragons were so impressed with Lisa’s submission that they agreed to ensure that she is able to have a prototype made.