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Winners selected for BIPC Northamptonshire’s Small Business Grants

Updated: May 27, 2021

BIPC Northamptonshire Small Business Grant Winners

Nineteen new start-ups chosen for the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire’s Reset. Restart Small Business Grants

​After a wave of enquiries and over 150 applications, the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire team shortlisted 34 aspiring entrepreneurs, who were invited to give a presentation on their new start-up to a panel of judges in a Dragon’s Den style elevator pitch. The Small Business Grants panel consisted of the BIPC Northamptonshire team and representatives from Building Business Consultancy and Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce. After several days of presentations, the shortlist was narrowed down to 19 winners. They are:

Attain Coaching - Cate Gregory

Career Catapult - Esther Greenwood & James Gage

Form Five Group - Matthew Abraham & Matthew Kemshed

Goldings Communications Ltd - Kim Hughes

Jolibi - Agi Brodzinski

Kirsch Home - Rebecca Kirsch

Knight Shift Virtual Assistant Services - Laurie Knight

Lacerta Design - Rhiannon Griffiths

Made for Belle & Friends - Lorna Chamberlain

Personal Strengths Coaching - Nicola Jackson

Pieces Academy - Kiran Tehara

Saints Coffee - Ben Francoise

Serengeti Spirits - Alex Wright

Simply Ngo Ltd - Ngozi Kemjika

The Boxed Bakery - Laura Conroy

Topstitch UK - Jo Griffiths

Wildflowers - Ali Mitchell Word Window - Kate McKenzie

YooKanToo - Kellie Ceccarelli

Businesses range from organic soap products, a social enterprise coffee shop, educational support and wellbeing therapy. To find out more about the new start-ups click here!

The new businesses will each receive:

  • £1,500 grant for business expenses

  • A year's free membership with the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce

  • Ongoing free business support from the BIPC Northamptonshire team

  • Promotional profiling

Isabel Oswell, Head of Business Audiences at the British Library, said:

“At the British Library we’re proud to be working with a growing network of public libraries across the country to ensure that anyone with an idea can walk into their local library and take the first steps to start and grow a successful business. It’s wonderful to see how our partners at Northamptonshire Libraries have tailored our national Reset. Restart programme to their local small business community through the Small Business Grants. We congratulate the 19 winners and looking forward to seeing them flourish and develop their businesses with help from this superb initiative”.

The Small Business Grants formed an additional part of the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire’s Reset. Restart programme, part of a national programme of workshops and dedicated support for SMEs set up during the COVID-19 pandemic, led by the British Library.

The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire can help support you start, run and grow your business through free events, webinars, one-to-one support, intellectual property advice, access to our market research database resources and mentoring as part of our Spring Into Business campaign.


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