VIDEO: Spark winners tell their stories

The winners and judges in a competition to unearth the district’s top entrepreneurs are featured in a new video report.

The winners of the Spark Harborough Business Idea Competition now go on to share a £40,000 prize package that includes a year’s free office space in Harborough Innovation Centre, business coaching delivered by Oxford Innovation and a host of business support services and resources donated by local companies.

Spark Harborough Business Idea Competition Finale at Hothorpe Hall

Spark Harborough Business Idea Competition Finale at Hothorpe Hall

William Prentice of Elite Scooters won the category for new business idea by someone under 25.

Michael Thomas of Pioneering Networks won the category for best new business idea for over-25s.

Stefan Richter of Muchosmedia Ltd won best growth idea from an already established business.

Each of the category winners successfully pitched their business ideas to a live Spark audience at Hothorpe Hall in Theddingworth.

The runners-up were Mantas Bauza of Pocket Pal, Mike Heaps of Room for Music and Jessica Shailes of Everything for Redheads.

The three winners were chosen by a Dragons’ Den-style judging panel. The panel members were King Vehicle Engineering Limited group managing director Mark Carrington, Harborough Council leader Cllr Blake Pain, Market Harborough Building Society chief executive Mark Robinson, Vanilla Recruitment managing director Eloise Shelton and Mail editor Neil Pickford.