Barmy and its teenage owner Eve Lodge is heading for London – after being named in the Top 100 of the UK’s biggest small business competition!
The Pitch has been running since 2008 – a competition established to help spotlight ‘fantastic entrepreneurial talent’.
And this year 17-year-old Barnsley-born Eve (pictured below) and her Barmy bunting business has been named as one of the Top 100 entrepreneurs who will now go to boot camp and then pitch for a place in the final.
All shortlisted contestants will be given a personalised The Pitch profile page, which they will be able to share online in a bid to secure votes for The Pitch 2015 Digital Marketing Award. The contestant with the most votes will be announced at The Pitch Final in November.
Hosted in Manchester (8 October) and London (22 October), The Pitch Boot Camps will be an opportunity for the shortlisted 100 to hone their pitching skills, with intensive coaching and mentoring sessions.
Eve will be attending the boot camp in London and says: “I’m just so thrilled to have been named in the top 100 – and hopefully I can make a real impression and earn a place in the final. I’ll be doing everything I can! I can’t wait!”
After boot camp contestants will need to complete a short online second stage application form. This will focus on everything they have learnt at boot camp, and will help the judges to narrow down the 100 shortlisted contestants to the 30 finalists.
Said a Pitch spokesperson: “Over the past seven years we’ve met some incredible small businesses, a lot of whom have gone on to do great things.
“With our inspiring programme of awesome advice, ideas and events, we want to educate and empower entrepreneurs and early stage startups to succeed in business.
“The entrepreneurs will receive intensive training at the two bootcamps in Manchester and London before pitching on stage.
“From that, 30 will be selected to compete at The Pitch Final in Bristol on November 12 where the champion will win prizes worth thousands.”
Here are the 100 businesses shortlisted to attend The Pitch 2015 Boot Camps: