Your chance to star at Best of the West Fes­ti­val 2018

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Craft busi­nesses through­out Ar­gyll and Bute will have the chance to sell their prod­ucts to thou­sands of peo­ple at this year’s Best of the West fes­ti­val – but time is get­ting short to grab the op­por­tu­nity.

Busi­ness Gate­way Ar­gyll and Bute is once again run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion invit­ing busi­nesses to pitch for a free trade stand in the craft tent.

The tent, spon­sored by Busi­ness Gate­way, is a popular pit stop for fes­ti­val go­ers. With more than 5,000 vis­i­tors de­scend­ing on In­ver­aray Cas­tle, the com­pe­ti­tion is a fan­tas­tic chance for lo­cal crafters to raise their pro­file.

A panel of judges will se­lect six win­ners based on their pitch which should in­clude the rea­sons their ven­ture is spe­cial and why their prod­ucts would be a good fit with the fes­ti­val. The judges in­clude fes­ti­val host the Duchess of Ar­gyll and Fer­gus Mur­ray, Ar­gyll and Bute Council’s Head of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Strate­gic Trans­porta­tion.

The Best of the West fes­ti­val runs be­tween Fri­day Septem­ber 7 and Sun­day Septem­ber 9.

To en­ter, craft busi­nesses are in­vited to de­scribe, in no more than 250 words, why their busi­ness and the prod­ucts they sell rep­re­sent the ‘best in the west’. En­tries must in­clude a link to rel­e­vant web­sites or so­cial me­dia to sup­port their en­try and can also in­clude up to five pho­to­graphs of prod­ucts and a film of no more than three min­utes. En­try is via email to busi­ness.gate­way@ ar­gyll-bute.gov.uk. En­tries must be sub­mit­ted by 5pm on Fri­day July 6.

Com­pe­ti­tion terms and con­di­tions are avail­able at www.ar­gyll-bute.gov.uk/ best-west-com­pe­ti­tion

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Mar­garet Mor­ri­son-Ma­cleod of the Di­vine Hag, one of last year’s Best of the West com­pe­ti­tion win­ners.

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