Fes­ti­val to fea­ture six of the best

The Oban Times - - Business -

SIX lo­cal busi­nesses have won the chance to show­case their prod­ucts at this year’s Best of the West (BOW) fes­ti­val af­ter win­ning a com­pe­ti­tion run by Busi­ness Gate­way.

Busi­ness Gate­way Ar­gyll and Bute, which is spon­sor­ing the craft tent, asked lo­cal com­pa­nies to say in 250 words why their prod­ucts rep­re­sent the best of the west. The win­ners were se­lected on the qual­ity and ap­peal of their prod­ucts, the strength of their sales pitch and their fit with the craft tent and the fes­ti­val.

Each of the six win­ners – Co­coa-Mo Ar­ti­san Choco­lates, Zing Or­gan­ics, Tar­bert, Baile Mor Books, Iona, Touch­wood Crafts, Bute, Sea Drift, Dunoon, and Ruth Slater, Bute – have won a trade stand within the craft tent for one day over the fes­ti­val week­end.

The an­nual two-day event will be held at In­ver­aray Cas­tle on Satur­day and Sun­day, Septem­ber 10 and 11.

Me­lanie Neil, founder of Co­coa Mo Ar­ti­san Choco­lates, based in He­lens­burgh, will show­case her range of hand­made choco­lates on the Sun­day.

She said: ‘I can’t wait to take my place in the craft tent at the BOW fes­ti­val and let so many peo­ple see and taste my choco­lates. This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity at a won­der­ful event right here in Ar­gyll and Bute and I’m de­lighted I won.’

The three judges were the Duchess of Ar­gyll, Isha­bel Brem­ner, the coun­cil’s eco­nomic growth man­ager, and Coun­cil­lor Aileen Mor­ton, Ar­gyll and Bute pol­icy lead for sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth – se­lected the six.

Eleanor, Duchess of Ar­gyll, the fes­ti­val or­gan­iser, said: ‘Once again the stan­dard of en­tries to the com­pe­ti­tion has been re­ally high and it was a priv­i­lege to be part of the judg­ing panel. This year’s Best of the West is set to be big­ger than ever, show­cas­ing ev­ery­thing Ar­gyll has to of­fer from its boun­ti­ful larder to unique art and craft­work, and I am de­lighted to wel­come the six com­pe­ti­tion win­ners to the stel­lar line-up. I am sure fes­ti­val at­ten­dees will en­joy ev­ery­thing they have to of­fer.’

For more in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val and to buy tick­ets, go to www.bowfest.co.uk.

To find out more about how Busi­ness Gate­way can help you set up and de­velop your own busi­ness call 01546 604 555 or visit www.bgate­way.com/ar­gyl­land-bute.

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