Salters Den 2016 Winner Revealed

Wed, 21 Dec 2016
Salters Den 2016 Winner Revealed

The Salters Den competition looks to find the most exciting new business or business idea in the Northwich and Winsford area and to reward the winner with a first prize worth £5,000.

The competition is run in partnership with Howard Worth Chartered Accountants and business advisors, Mosshaselhurst Solicitors, NatWest, and Eric Johnson of Northwich Ltd.

The addition of Winsford based businesses to the competition for 2016 led to the quantity and quality of entries being impressively high meaning a challenging shortlisting process. The successful applicants were invited to pitch their business plans and ideas in the den earlier this month.

After listening to a full day of varied presentations and demonstrations, the judge’s final decision was reached. The winner of the £2,500 cash first prize and 12 months financial and legal mentoring is Nearcut.

Nearcut is an online booking system for Barbers shops. The software helps to increase the efficiency of appointment making and enables them to grow their own individual businesses.

Will Bell, the founder of Nearcut said – “Winning the competition is amazing, I can’t actually believe it. My interest in computer software led me to create Nearcut. With the financial reward and the expert business mentoring I hope I am now able to make something I am passionate about into a long term career”.

Chris Smith, partner at Howard Worth commented, “Will’s presentation in the den was excellent. His business idea has been generated through his own interest, determination and skill. He saw a problem and created a solution for this driven by his desire to help a local business. Even in its infancy the business has already shown results and for a very new start-up, at this stage, it is very impressive indeed. He is a deserving winner of this year’s Salters Den competition”

There were also prizes for second and third place. Second place (6 months legal and accountancy mentoring) was awarded to Cube Lighting and Design Ltd. The business offers LED lighting schemes that can save money and reduce user’s carbon footprints.

Big Teds Workshop was awarded third place with a prize of 3 months legal and accountancy mentoring. The business designs and creates handcrafted furniture from reclaimed products.

This year saw the first time that the top 5 placed businesses were awarded with Birdie Photobooth scooping 4th place and PH Diving and Servicing placed 5th

Salters Den will launch the 2017 competition in June 2017.

About Howard Worth

Howard Worth was formed in 1953 and is a mid-tier accountancy practice providing a comprehensive range of services to owner managed businesses.

With nine partners and 100 staff they serve clients across the North West, Wales and the Midlands from offices in Northwich and Nantwich. They advise businesses on Tax issues, Accounts preparation, Capital Raising, Profit Advice, Audit, Fraud Prevention & Investigation and Independent Financial Advice

Howard Worth provides a full range of services with partners specialising in corporate services, rural and farming business, manufacturing, charities, solicitors, service industries and financial services.

They are members of the UK200 Group and the International Association of Practicing Accountants (I.A.P.A.).  Those memberships are your guarantee of our standards of service and they are only maintained by adhering to the highest professional standards.

Howard Worth’s philosophy is to work closely with clients, understand their businesses and provide them with timely and effective advice.

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