Business Den winner crowned in front of crowds
Posted on 25th March 2014 in General news
More than 130 business representatives packed into the council chamber to watch Harrow Council’s first ever Business Den competition.
Four Harrow companies competed in Wednesday’s contest ranging from a teacher couple setting up a language school to an airline employee selling 1950s nostalgia tights.
They pitched their ideas to a panel of experts, made up of Natwest regional enterprise manager Nick Howe, entrepreneur Dr Bayju Thakar and council leader and businesswoman Cllr Susan Hall.
The winner was Nigel Farren of Energise Harrow, a social enterprise that helps people insulate their homes and reduce heat loss. Mr Farren’s company won a package of support including sales training sessions, a free legal health check and a free trade mark application prepared and filed on his behalf.
The competition was part of our Harrow: the Borough for Business event, which also gave businesses the opportunities to network and get vital business advice. They were also invited to join the Harrow Friends of Business scheme, an initiative which links traders with the local authority to come up with joint initiatives for keeping Harrow’s economy thriving.
Cllr Kamaljit Chana, cabinet member for business and enterprise, said:
“The fact that we had such a huge turnout shows that Harrow really is the borough for business and people really wanted to talk and be part of a business event. This event was about making business a main subject and underpinning our commitment as a council to helping Harrow businesses to flourish.
“We have a central role to play when it comes to supporting our businesses, whether this is bringing them together, business to business networking, putting them in touch with useful organisations or providing them with vital tools.”
Cllr Chana also announced that Harrow Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve a Government scheme to extend business rate relief of up to £1,000 a year over two years to local firms with a rateable value of up to £50,000.