Pictured above: Emma Beauchamp of K-kuff.com ltd from Tamworth
The Barclays Business ‘Take One Small Step’ competition, which launched in March awarding ten budding business minds across the UK £50,000 each to transform their innovative vision into a reality, has named K-kuff.com ltd as one of three regional finalist’s in the Central region.
Beating more than 3600 entrants, K-kuff.com ltd will now need the public to vote for them if they stand any chance of winning £50,000 in cash to bring their idea to life.
Owner of K-kuff.com ltd, Emma Beauchamp said: “The inspiration for my business providing contactless wrist wallets came from struggling with my Oyster card travelling around London. I’m a safety conscious person and don’t like letting my belongings out of my hand. K-Kuffs keep contactless cards safe, and will help reduce petty theft.”
“If I could support my friends and family and allow my parents to give up work by running a successful business, I’d be the happiest person in the world. “
“The competition is fantastic, and if I won it would help me market my business and get my products out there. It’s nice now to hear of so many young people looking to start their own businesses and using their brains.”
World famous entrepreneur Elle Macpherson is backing the ‘Take One Small Step’ competition and as the nation recovers from election fever, she asks the public to cast the people’s vote for the best new business idea at www.takeonesmallstep.co.uk from 7th June to the closing date of 4th July 2010.
Being in business for the last thirty years and seeing her illustrious signature lingerie line go from strength to strength, Elle knows firsthand what it takes to be a budding entrepreneur and the challenges that involves.
Elle says: “Businesses are an integral part of our local communities and the backbone of our economy. Vote now and back the business idea you think deserves to win a £50,000 boost.
“I’m delighted to be involved in the ‘Take One Small Step’ competition. It creates such a fantastic opportunity for local people to get involved in business and really inspires that entrepreneurial spirit that we know is thriving in the UK.”
Steve Cooper, Managing Director of Barclays Business, said: “The budding entrepreneurs in the Central region need the public’s votes – we’ll only be able to award the cash to the most popular idea so it’s all up to them.”
“We know how important it is to champion local businesses so we can’t wait to see which idea comes out on top. We’ll be helping not only with prize money but also by giving the benefit of our business experience through sound advice.”