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Kirklees Council competition finds four local people to start up new businesses.
August 2012

In a competition inspired by the Mary Portas High Street report, the council are giving four budding entrepreneurs a shop or stall at Queensgate Market, Huddersfield, to get their business under way.

The council will provide the shop, rent and service charge FREE for six months. For the next three months only service charge will be payable and, for the final three months of the first year, 50 per cent rent and full service charges will be payable.

Training and support will also be given and each business will receive an initial investment grant of £500 from the council to assist with signage and any fittings to the stall.

Open to anyone resident in Kirklees who is not currently working, the competition set out to boost the local economy and give the four lucky winners just what they need to make a headstart in running a business.

Organisers were looking for innovative ideas that would bring something different to the market and they didn't have to be product focussed. The market is a great location for service industries, as well as retail sales.

The lucky winners are:

Meg Plummer of Holmfirth, whose business will help local artists exhibit their work at local venues
Matthew Postlethwaite of Huddersfield, who runs Wrapik, a fresh and healthy fast food outlet
Zoe Fox of Cleckheaton, who makes her own hand-crafted jewellery and accessories under the business name Crafty Vixen
Raisa Karolia of Batley, whose new venture Lassi Revolution will sell Indian-based yoghurt drinks flavoured with different fruits as well as Indian desserts

Clr Peter McBride, Kirklees Cabinet member for Place, said: “These four new business start-ups really show the confidence and entrepreneurial ideas of our residents in Kirklees.

“Starting a new business is never easy and the support offered to these businesses will be vital in making sure they can survive the early months.

“The success of other businesses that opened only three months ago at Queensgate Market is a real sign that local people are supporting local business.

“I hope that they continue to do so and to support our competition winners.”

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