Preston firms competing for votes in Richard Branson business competition

Posted on - 27th April, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Competitions, Preston News
Jane Lowe's business is competing for your votes

Jane Lowe’s business is competing for your votes

Preston firms are in the running to win a share of more than £1 million in funding from Sir Richard Branson.


The Pitch to Rich competition sees business ideas put out for a public vote to decide who should get the chance to pitch to the entrepreneur and head of the Virgin group.


Jane Lowe who runs Business Room 52 is one of those in the running.

Her firm trains women in business and leadership. She has entered the new things cateory.

She said: “We hope that by getting involved with the Virgin Group we can be successful in attracting strong ambassadors and champions to get involved with supporting the UK to become world class leaders in gender equality by having a more balance and equal place workforce.”

Also in the running is the Eco Heroes game – the brainchild of city artist Dave Robinson.

Eco Heroes have created their own cartoon for the voting

Eco Heroes have created their own cartoon for the voting

Eco Heroes has a range of games, apps, animations and infographics which aim to educate children about the benefits of recycling.

Dave said: “It’s about making a difference and inspiring people, especially children, to become Eco Heroes. In turn children influence the behaviour of others including parents and grand-parents. One generation inspiring another. Kids love super heroes, so why not Eco Heroes?

“And just imagine getting investment from one of the top business people in the UK if not the world. This is what dreams are made of and after over three year’s hard work we are determined go on and win.

“Just look at Nick Park with Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. Preston is such a creative and passionate place and we’re proud to be following in his footsteps. With the support of the people of Preston behind us we can make this happen and really bring the Eco Heroes to life.”

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The online vote runs until Tuesday 5 May and 50 business with the most votes go through to the next round.

You can vote for Business Room 52 here.

You can vote for Eco Heroes here.

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