The Salters Den competition was launched to find the most exciting new business or business idea in Northwich and to reward the winner with a first prize worth £5,000.Dawn Beschorner Gerry Rooney Codilia Gapare Chris Smith Claire Morley
The competition was run in partnership with Howard Worth Chartered Accountants and business advisors, Mosshaselhurst Solicitors, NatWest, and Eric Johnson of Northwich Ltd.
For the first year of the competition the quantity and quality of entries was incredibly high and shortlisting the finalists for the den proved to be a difficult process for all the judges.
The successful applicants were invited to pitch their business plans and ideas in the den on Tuesday 17th November at Howard Worth’s offices on Gadbrook Park.
After much deliberation from the judges a final decision was reached. The winner of the £2,500 cash prize and financial and legal mentoring is Codilia Gapare with her business C-Lash.
C-Lash are false eyelashes for people that have lost their own through treatments for cancer. They are different to current products on the market as they do not need to be fixed to any existing lashes.
Codilia said – “I can’t believe that I have won the competition. I came up with the idea for my product after finding there was nothing like it on the market. I hope winning the competition enables me to develop my business further and raise the profile of my product”.
Chris Smith, partner at Howard Worth commented, “Codilia’s presentation in the den was excellent. Her business idea has been generated through her own personal experience so her passion and understanding really came across to all the judges. She is a very worthy winner of the first Salters Den competition”.
There were also prizes for second and third place. Second place (6 months legal and accountancy mentoring) was awarded to Gareth Phoenix with his business Gentlemen’s Practice which sells men’s accessories online.
Vintage Poultry the creation of Emma Baldwin and Thomas Woodward was awarded third place with a prize of 3 months legal and accountancy mentoring. Their business is a home ware range featuring Emma’s watercolours.