Two Pencoed-based businesses gearing-up to compete in TestTown 2015 grand final

17/02/2016 00:00:00 from :


Ddraig Valley Farm Park and Fy Fferm Siop are gearing-up to join 12 other finalists in the Carnegie UK Trust Test Town 2015 grand final which will be held in Glasgow’s Historic Saltmarket and The Briggait from the 25 - 27 February 2016.

The new start-ups from across the UK and Ireland will descend on Glasgow's historic Saltmarket to compete in the final where the winner will receive the title of 'UK entrepreneur of the year’ and £10,000 in business start-up funding.

Ddraig Valley and Fy Fferm Siop represented Wales in the TestTown 2015 competition held in November which has been hailed as Britain’s biggest regeneration and enterprise challenge.
Geraint Robson said: “We are really keen to make Bridgend proud in this competition. We’re taking all our passion for animal welfare and education and planning on making it a fun experience in Glasgow.

“We decided to mix things up a bit and focus on animals that are quite often forgotten in the animal world. We’re focusing on showcasing some of our favourite stock including reptiles and insects, which truly represent our brand. As well as unusual animals, we will also be offering some of the best produce Wales has to offer with our competition partner Fy Fferm Siop.

“We plan on setting-up a 3 x 4 metre gazebo, containing the whole experience. We will be going all out in order to take our visitors to whole different continent by playing with lighting and sound. We will also have a small area set-up for children to colour-in an animal or draw their own.
“We are also including a projector and projection screen to show all the amazing animals in action as well as revealing some ‘top secret’ information that TestTown will be the first to see!”
Working with the hosts, Glasgow City Council and City Property (Glasgow) LLP the grand final will see participants trade out of pop-up shops and spaces to compete for £10,000 investment into their business idea. From luxury chocolate, to circus acrobatics, beautiful textiles/ craft, to hip-hop- TestTown is guaranteed to be a unique shopping experience!

Jim Metcalfe, TestTown Programme Leader at the Carnegie UK Trust, said: “Conditions are still tough for town economies across the country, and young people are particularly affected. TestTown is all about helping people to harness entrepreneurial flare at the local level. It provides an opportunity to connect town centre entrepreneurs with the challenges facing the high street, making them real partners and contributors to improving local communities.”
“It is hoped that the TestTown regeneration challenge will also go some way to helping bring the area back to its former glory.”
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