A business competition offering expert mentoring suppoort to three small businesses operating in the UK’s retail, professional services or hospitality industries in order to help participants achieve their enterprise ambitions.
The prize package will include:
- A profiling call with an expert business mentor to discuss the winners’ ambition for their businesses and how the mentor can help to achieve this.
- A one-hour meeting with the mentor over lunch to go through suggestions on how goals can be reached.
- One or two 30-minute follow-up telephone conversations to continue working on the business plan.
The Guardian Small Business Competition has been set up to offer mentoring support to three small businesses operating in the UK’s retail, professional services or hospitality industries in order to help participants achieve their enterprise ambitions.
Entrants are asked to explain in 150 words how a mentor could help their business to flourish. Winners will receive mentoring from a leading entrepreneur who can share their expertise, help make vital contacts and possibly open up opportunities for new business or funding.
Winners may benefit from the expertise of one of three experiences entrepreneurs. The mentor will offer tailored advice to the small business owner based on their competition entry. The mentors are:
Willingham, a serial entrepreneur and investor, has been a star on the BBC Two television show, The Dragons’ Den since 2015. Willingham runs her business portfolio from her home office with her husband Michael Toxvaerd, who is also an entrepreneur.
Champalimaud is founder and CEO of online hair and beauty appointment bookings service Treatwell (formerly Wahanda), which is based in London. There are over 25,000 spas and salons using Treatwell’s service.
Andre Blais, who is French-Canadian, moved to the UK in 1991 to join his brother Denis and his brother’s business partner Andre Plisnier, who were working to create the restaurant chain Belgo. Blais worked his way up at Belgo to become director. In this role he looked after the operations of the group and assisted in opening further locations in London and overseas.
To enter, participants are asked to answer the following questions in fewer than 150 words:
What is your biggest ambition for your business, and how could a mentor help you achieve this?
The Competition is not open to employees or agencies of Guardian News & Media Limited (“GNM” or the “Promoter”), their group companies or family members, freelance contributors to GNM, or anyone else connected to the Competition.
The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over working at a business operating in the hospitality, professional services or retail industries with a turnover of less than £15 million per year. Entrants must have the permission of the organisation that it works for or with and which will be featured in any entry or will obtain the benefit of any prize, in order to enter.
Match funding is not a requirement of this programme.
A panel of judges, including at least one member who is independent of GNM, will select three winning entries, one from each industry sector (Hospitality, Professional Services, and Retail) from all valid entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. Full details of the judging process and the names of the judges are available on request to firstname.lastname@example.org
When choosing the winners, the judges will consider the ambition demonstrated by the business, their future plans and possibility for growth, and how their challenges may be overcome or ambition reached with the help of a mentor.
The prize will be sent to the winners by 31 March 2017.