Yesterday was Judging day at Society1 – Wow what a day!

Our competition has been running for the last 4 months. Entrants were asked to provide a video about their business and why they should win. We were bowled over with the quality of entrants. We whittled the entries down to 4 finalists:

Rachel Simpson, Bird Design

Danny Haydock, Deeps Pace Audio.

Nigel Stewart, The Creative Network

Jane Binnion, Ethical Business Training Limited

These finalists were invited to come to Society1 for a chance to convince our judging panel that they should win the big prize pot. £15k worth of office space and business support. So the day started with our judges arriving at Society1 bright and early for introductions and their brief for the day. All the candidates did an amazing job.

Each of them could have been a great candidate for the winner in their own way. Danny, a brand new exciting fledgling business. An exciting concept that we will definitely enjoy helping. Nigel, an exciting community project with great successes, we will definitely be able to help here. Jane, successful in her own right with her new business school taking off, we are looking forward to seeing how we can work together.  Rachel, an established design and branding consultant with local successes and roots firmly in Lancashire.

After 4 fantastic interviews and deliberation by the judges we announced our winner Rachel Simpson. We are so excited to have her join the Society1 community.

We are so happy to offer all the runners up a free months flexi pass at Society1. A years membership to the Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and a clinic session with Ed Mathews-Gentle for their business.

A big thank you to our judges Babs Murphy and Ed Mathews-Gentle your input was invaluable.

Also a massive thank you to our sponsors of our prize…..

· WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA

Web consultation and social media marketing from Hardy Finch Ltd

· NUMBER CRUNCHING

Accountancy consultation from Rustons Chartered Accountants

· TOUCHY FEELY

Business cards, Letterhead printed and Compliment printed slips full colour provided by House of Print

· MAKING HEADLINES

Double page advert in Podio Magazine.

· MAKING HEADLINES

Up to 2 days of marketing strategy and mentorship per month from Emma-Louise Gibson Freelance Account Director | Marketing and PR Consultant

· SALES TRAINING

Sales and Customer Service Training package from Stephen Leishman of Selling Sells Ltd who is also Sales mentor/coach for Boost Business Lancashire. Freelance Account Director | Marketing and PR Consultant

· HAPPY PEOPLE

HR support package from John Huckstepp, Director, A Blank Canvas Ltd

· SAVVY NETWORKING

12 months Chamber of Commerce membership