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    Can you stand The HEAT of competition?
    Do you have a NEW business idea?
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    Can you stand The HEAT of competition?
    Started up a new business within the last year?
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    Can you stand The HEAT of competition?
    Then Business Gateway's HEAT18 is for you!

Can you stand the HEAT of competition?

Are you a new business that has been trading for less than a year (as at February 2018) or do you have a new idea that you are looking to turn into a business?  Then Business Gateway's The HEAT 18 "Dragons' Den" Competition is for you!

Now in its fourth year, The HEAT competition has already seen prizes worth almost £15,000 given to local companies to help them grow and develop their business.

Criteria to enter this competition is as follows:

  • You must have an idea that you want to turn into a business or you have a recent start-up business trading for less than a year (as at February 2018).
  • Your business will be or is based in the Forth Valley area (Clackmannanshire, Stirling or Falkirk).
  • You are available on the following dates: Wednesday 31st January and Thursday 8th February 2018.

The HEAT 18 has a fantastic set of prizes provided by our local sponsors. The finalists in the HEAT 18 will share a bonanza of over £3,000 worth of cash prizes, accountancy services, business consultancy and property rental.

1st Place

  • £1000 worth of business property rental - Sponsored by Ceteris (Scotland) Ltd
  • £500 worth of Accounting, Tax, Book Keeping and Consultancy Services for one year - Sponsored by Stewart Accounting Services
  • £500 cash - Sponsored by Forth Valley College
  • £250 worth of business mentoring and consultancy advice (including funding, operational, marketing, sales and customer negotiations) from John Cooper of Storage UK

2nd Place

3rd Place

Top 10 Finalist

  • 12 months FREE access to the Ceteris touchdown space - a flexible working environment for the local business start-up community.
  • Gift from local Chocolatier and Heat 17 Finalist, bbchocolate.com

Interested? Click here to enter The HEAT 18 - all you need to do is answer 4 questions.  


If you would like further information on #THEHEAT18, please contact Stuart McCusker, Business Adviser at Business Gateway Clackmannanshire on smccusker@ceteris.co.uk or by calling the local office on 01259 726430.  Share on social media using #TheHEAT18.

The Heat 18 Final is part of Clacks Business Week 2018 - over 20 business events spread across Clackmannanshire - February 5th to 9th.

Need more inspiration? - Read the story of last year's competition "The Heat 17 ends in success for Megan Rose Bridal"