Best of the West an­nual crafts com­pe­ti­tion wants ap­pli­cants

The Oban Times - - Business -

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 busi­ness.gate­way@ar­ The clos­ing date is 5pm on July 12. Com­pe­ti­tion terms and con­di­tions are avail­able at­­nes­sand-trade/ busi­ness-gate­way-ser­vice.

For in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val or for tick­ets, visit

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.bgate­ ar­gyll-and-bute.

Coun­cil­lor Aileen Mor­ton.

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