Lincolnshire Showground has teamed up with the University of Lincoln for the fourth year running to offer local start-up businesses the opportunity to ‘Grow with the Show’.
The competition, which closes March 19, invites young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 to boost their businesses by bagging themselves a free exhibition stand at the Lincolnshire Show and showcase their product or service to more than 60,000 people.
Lincolnshire Show will take place on June 20 and 21 and will host mix of entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and agriculture.
The winning businesses will also receive a £250 cash prize, expert mentoring from Sparkhouse, free business stationery designed by Root Studio, and an invitation to the Lincolnshire Media Business Awards.
Two runners up will receive a £100 cash prize, plus two Lincolnshire Agricultural Society guest badges giving admission to the Lincolnshire Show and access to the exclusive ringside member’s area.
Exclusively open to Lincolnshire-based businesses under three-years-old, the initiative has helped provide a number of local businesses essential exposure for their growing brand.
Sally Mundy, sponsorship and trade sales manager at the Lincolnshire Showground, said: “This is a great opportunity for any growing business, from gardeners and bakers to t-shirt printers and entertainers.
“Thousands of people visit the Lincolnshire Show in June, so it’s great exposure for your new business venture.
“As a charity, we’re focussed on supporting our local community and those looking to boost the Lincolnshire economy.
“As well as offering a platform to show case their talent the competition also provides crucial mentoring and materials to help them take their ideas to the next level.”
The closing date for entry forms is March 19. The shortlisted entries will be invited to meet with a panel of judges on April 12 and the winner announced shortly after.