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“Winning the Innovation Showcase has been great for Whitham Mills. It’s given us strong sales leads in the region and inspired our business to invest further in innovation!”

Abby Malloy, Marketing Manager, Whitham Mills Engineering; winner of the Innovative Established Business Award at Venturefest North West 2018

" Venturefest North West is a great platform for launching new products and make wonderful contacts. We were really impressed with the marketing and exposure provided by the show, as it gives small businesses like us the opportunity to raise our profile."

Lucia Ndongala, Director, SACO Trading Ltd; Innovation Showcase Competition 2018 entrants

“The opportunity given to us by the Innovation Showcase Competition has literally been ‘the gift that keeps on giving’. Even though we didn’t win, the support we have received as a relatively young business from the Hub has been invaluable, from funding to mentoring, to boosting our knowledge in things as varied as accounting, social media and PR.”

Rebecca Slater, Operations Director, Commerce Unlimited Ltd; Innovation Showcase Competition 2018 entrants

“Our product was at the beta stage when we entered the Innovation Showcase Competition, so the publicity we got from winning made a real difference to the business. Being shortlisted for the final gave us a great platform to validate our products, get feedback and find a number of new customers.”

Dr Somayeh Taheri, CEO, UrbanChain Ltd; winner of the Service Innovation award at Venturefest North West 2018

“We entered the Innovation Showcase to get some publicity as part of such a prestigious regional event. We met some interesting businesses along the way and helped introduce fulfilmentcrowd to more Manchester-based contacts. The post event support was really beneficial too – I’d recommend any Lancashire business looking for more brand exposure to enter this year.”

Matt Simmons, Business Development Manager, fulfilmentcrowd; Innovation Showcase Competition 2018 finalists

“Venturefest is a fantastic platform for businesses across the North West and really helped us to raise our profile and go on to win other awards. It's a great showcase for growing businesses."

- Julie Anne Parker, Founder, Million Stars; Innovation Showcase Competition 2018 finalists

“The help and support of the Hub’s mentors and workshops, and the profile we got from reaching the Innovation Showcase final at Venturefest enabled us to grow into the company we are today. If any other businesses out there are wondering whether to enter, my advice would be to go for it – it doesn’t cost anything and the business support that you receive in the run-up to the final is invaluable.”

Simon Austerberry, Director, Actiphons Ltd; Innovation Showcase Competition 2017 finalist

“Venturefest gave us a platform to showcase the business we believe in and are so passionate about. Winning the competition was instrumental in our successful raising of investment, and the support of GC Business Growth Hub has been integral to our growth leading to our very exciting upcoming launch.”

Helen Fish, Co-founder, Beatstream Media; Innovation Showcase Competition 2017 winner

“GJD benefitted greatly for being shortlisted for the Venturefest Innovation Showcase Competition. The amount of positive PR we received was fantastic, being shortlisted definitely raised the profile of the GJD brand and our product range. It also had a huge impact on our team as everyone was really proud to be able to say they work at a company who values innovation and quality.”

Mark Tibbenham, Managing Director, GJD Manufacturing Ltd; Innovation Showcase Competition 2016 finalists