Best of the West annual crafts competition wants applicants
BUSINESS Gateway Argyll and Bute is again giving the region’s craft businesses the chance to showcase and sell their products at the popular Best of the West festival.
Now in its fourth year, the competition invites local businesses to pitch for a free trade stand within the Business Gateway-sponsored craft tent. The pitch should include what is special about their venture and why their products would be a good fit at the festival.
The annual Best of the West festival will be held at Inveraray Castle on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10, with music on the evening of Friday September 8.
More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend the festival over the week- end and this competition allows up to six local crafters the chance to raise the profile of their business.
Last year, the competition attracted numerous entries from across the area, with the six winners proving popular with festival goers.
One of last year’s winners, artist Ruth Slater, said: ‘It was fantastic to win the competition and sell my products in the craft tent. It was a huge success and gave me the chance to meet and show dozens of new customers displays of my work.’
The winners will be selected by a panel of judges including festival host the Duchess of Argyll, Fergus Murray, Argyll and Bute Council’s head of economic development and strategic transportation, and Councillor Aileen Morton, Argyll and Bute Council’s convener for economic development.
Eleanor, Duchess of Argyll said: ‘ We are very excited to be running the competition with Business Gateway again.
‘There have been a fantastic range of businesses over the years and each winner has been hugely popular with the Best of the West visitors. I’m really looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.’
Councillor Morton added: ‘This competition helps showcase the wealth of creative businesses we have in Argyll and Bute, as well as aiding the overall development of local businesses.’
To enter, craft businesses are invited to describe in no more than 250 words why they and their products represent the ‘ best in the west’. Entrants must include a link to relevant websites or social media and include up to five photographs of their products and a film clip of no more than three minutes.
Entry is via email to email@example.com. The closing date is 5pm on July 12. Competition terms and conditions are available at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/businessand-trade/ business-gateway-service.
For information on the festival or for tickets, visit www.bowfest.co.uk.
To find out more about how Business Gateway can help you set up and develop your business call 01546 604 555 or go to www.bgateway.com/ argyll-and-bute.
Councillor Aileen Morton.