Dabbers Den 2017 winner announced
With social media having a greater influence than ever before on the way that women shop, this year’s Dabbers Den winner has been able to tap into this change in habits to launch and promote her company.
The winner of Dabbers Den 2017 is The Fashion Haus, an online female fashion brand.
Eliza Burgis is the founder and driving force behind the firm, she saw a gap in the market and coupled this with her passion for fashion and decided to launch a company that sells the clothes she wants to buy.
The Dabbers Den judges were impressed by Eliza’s initiative and determination and also her sales success since setting up the company in January this year.
On receiving the news of her success, Eliza commented: “I honestly cannot tell you how much this means to me and my business.
“I am absolutely ecstatic, I can't even begin to express this in words. I’m truly just so grateful for this opportunity.”
The Dabbers Den competition is now in its sixth year, and 2017 saw the highest number of entries to date.
The shortlisted applicants were invited to pitch their business plans and ideas to the judges in ‘The Den’. The standard of pitches is said to have been extremely high and the judges had a difficult task to make a final decision.
As first place winners The Fashion Haus will receive a £5,000 cash prize, 12 months accountancy and business mentoring as well as a business legal health check to the value of £2,500.
Mike Doherty, one of the judges, said: “It was refreshing to see a young entrepreneur with such enthusiasm for what she does.
“Eliza is proof that by working hard, doing something you love can really pay off. We hope that she uses this win to bolster her confidence and it enables her to push her business to the next level.”
The second place winner is Su Turner of Insight to Impact Consulting, with ‘Shaping Governance’ which supports governance in schools and charities.
Su will receive six months of accountancy support and mentoring and a free legal business health check.
The third place prize went to Bluestone Information Management Ltd who provide data protection training to businesses.
They’ll also receive six months of accountancy support and mentoring and a free legal business health check.
The “Dragons’ Den” style competition is run in partnership by Howard Worth Chartered Accountants and Poole Alcock Solicitors, with support from NatWest and Cheshire East Council.
Further details about The Fashion Haus can be found on their website: www.thefashionhaus.co.uk