FIVE budding businesses have been given a boost with bursaries worth thousands of pounds.
Students and recent graduates from Huddersfield University were invited to apply for five bursaries, each worth £2,400, to further their business ideas.
From 34 applications 12 were chosen to make their pitch before a Dragon’s Den-style panel of judges.
The bursaries were awarded to Laura Pearce, of interior design business Concept & Spaces; Alison Whitmarsh, whose business, Proper Maid, provides luxury home baking; milliner and make-up artist Harriet Steele; Josh Reed, of independent record company Little Power Records; and sports coach specialist David O’Sullivan, of Sports Performance UK.
Other businesses to reach the 12-strong shortlist included a music tutor, an animator and digital film maker, a textile designer and a firm designing interactive table-top war games.
The judges were Business Link advisers Janet Wrathall and Lynne Martin; Chris Shaw, of public relations firm Pink Elephant; and Carol Cloughton, senior marketing lecturer at the university.
The event was organised by Michelle Hoggard, business start-up adviser for the university’s Business Mine and business mentor Paul Greetham.
Michelle said all the candidates had been offered one-to-one mentoring to develop their businesses. She added: “Awards like this increase businesses’ chances of success and help candidates avoid the pitfalls, as learning the hard way is not effective or fun!”
Business Mine, based at the Queensgate campus, provides support for students and graduates to research and try out their business ideas. It also run business advice workshops and provides facilities and support for business development.