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first round of judging for ‘The One’

November 3, 2010

I’ve just returned from the first round of judging for ‘The One’, our business competition run in partnership with leading PR agency, Voice Communications and the East Anglian Daily Times. A really enjoyable morning. We had a good number of entries and all 6 judges were pleasantly surprised by the calibre of the entries. It was also great to see a broad spread of different businesses from different sectors – there’s some really interesting businesses out there in the local area and its really encouraging to see these ventures prospering despite the tough economic conditions.

Thankfully, we were all (more or less) in agreement about who should be shortlisted and we’ve ended up with seven businesses who will proceed to the next round where each business will be invited to pitch to the panel on the 18th November. From this process a winner will be chosen to receive the £50,000 worth of business support – a hugely valuable prize for any fledgling business. I’m really looking forward to this next stage, the shortlisted businesses are all very different but all share the same qualities – dynamic, passionate, and with great potential. Watch this space for an update following the final judging day on the 18th.

As a final word, I feel I should mention Milsoms Hotel and Restaurant in Dedham. An exquisite venue who have very kindly provided meeting space for the competition along with lovely snacks and refreshments to help keep us focussed.

Thank you, Paul

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