Applications open for TestTown enterprise challenge in Rhyl


Suzanne Jordan

AMBITIOUS young people are being invited to take part in a town’s enterprising challenge.

The Carnegie Trust selected Rhyl as one of seven locations in the UK for its 2014 TestTown challenge which aims to provide young people an insight into running a business and the chance to win £10,000 start-up-funding.

The Trust have been working in partnership with Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhyl Campus, Denbighshire County Council and Rhyl City Strategy.

Individuals or groups picked to participate will be given funding to purchase stock or equipment, their own vacant space to set up and demonstrate their business and guidance on how to get their businesses off the ground.

After an intensive week of training, participants will open their doors to the public and sell or showcase their business.

Residents, neighbouring traders and a panel of judges will feedback their thoughts and at the end of the week, winners will be selected and awarded prizes.

Jim Metcalfe, TestTown programme leader at the Carnegie UK Trust, said: “We have deliberately selected a diverse range of towns for our regional heats. Some are thriving; others have challenging retail environments; and some attract more tourist traffic. Each brings a unique aspect to TestTown and should provide really interesting results.

“TestTown is about giving the next generation of entrepreneurs the support needed to help make their business idea a reality.”

The Carnegie Trust has links with Rhyl as its founder, Andrew Carnegie, helped build Rhyl Library in 1907.

TestTown is now open for applications until 16 April. Applicants must be aged between 16 and 30 and can put themselves forward as individuals or groups of up to four people. A two minute video must be submitted as part of the application.

The competition is open to people from across North Wales. Participants can sell goods, provide services or demonstrate new products and they can be charitable or for profit.

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