Duo shortlisted for £10k Enterprize

Duo Design have made the shortlist in a major competition called EnterPrize aimed at new businesses in east Manchester.

Organised by urban regeneration company New East Manchester, Duo along with five other companies beat of stiff competition from 40 other entrants and will now have the chance of picking up the top prize of £10,000 or the runners up prize of £5,000.

The five shortlisted companies include Dream Clubs, a health and fitness company based in Gorton; Any Tackle, a supplier to the angling industry; Smart Plan, which produces software for builders, architectural technicians; Cactus, a home automation company and us a web development consultancy , all based at One Central Park.

The judges selected these five companies for the final stage because they impressed them most in their ability to concisely explain what their business offers and who their market is and were able to clearly demonstrate how the £10,000 prize money would benefit their business. In addition we all had a very robust business plan showing potential for future growth over the next two years.

Designed to promote entrepreneurial talent, encourage economic growth and help local companies grow, we have already benefited from business advice through a series of seminars and one-to-one sessions with business experts worth an additional £5,000 to each company.

To get to this stage, we had to write a ten-page business plan. The final stage involves a presentation to a panel of entrepreneurs, business leaders and top consultants. Each business will be judged on its own merits and how successful it has been on achieving the targets set them by the business consultant in the previous stage.

The winner will be announced at a special dinner at the City of Manchester Stadium on 11 December 2007. We are looking forward to presenting our fast growing business and to any recognition we receive for our hard work. We also wish to extend the best of luck to other companies shortlisted and commiserations to other companies who put all the hard work in on their business plans and not made it this far.

Watch this space to see how we get on .