Vote for your favourite entrepreneur in Altrincham's Drive 2 Thrive competition

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AFTER a flood of entries, five lucky entrepreneurs have been shortlisted in Altrincham’s Drive 2 Thrive competition.

Drive 2 Thrive Altrincham is a campaign for people living and/or working in the area to come up with their own business proposition to boost Altrincham.

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Over the past two months people from across Altrincham have been submitting their business ideas to get the town centre thriving once more.

From food outlets to street rejuvenation firms, the entries have shown the variety of innovative ideas the people of Altrincham have for the area. Entries came from a full spectrum of age groups, ranging from 17 to 90 years old.

It’s great to see we’ve inspired so many!

Five lucky business brains now go head to head for the once in a lifetime business opportunity.

It’s now time for you to decide; we want our readers to vote for their favourite idea to choose the final three businesses to go face to face with our panel of expert judges.

Here’s an overview of each business idea – all you need to do is scroll down and vote for your preferred business idea. Only one vote per computer will be registered.

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1. DECO

Business brain: Carl Brown

Age: 23

Business idea: An art deco tea room combined with a contemporary art gallery space to display the works of local artists and art students in order to provide them with the opportunity to boost their profiles and perhaps even generate revenue for themselves through sales.

Why Deco would boost Altrincham town centre:“Deco will be a social hub appealing to many sectors of the local community. It will be a meeting place harking back to the roaring 20’s era as well as a space to demonstrate the wealth of talent which exists in the area.”

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2. FREEMAPS

Business brain: Jamie Gordon

Age: 17

Business idea: FREEMAPS is a free hand out which will be given out at the entrances of Altrincham tram, train and bus stations. Visitors will be able to look for a category which interests them (for example cafes) and then match the description of the café up with the number on the map and find their way there. The user could also enjoy a discount by showing their FREEMAP.

Why FREEMAPS would boost Altrincham town centre: “FREEMAPS is about people, giving them a reason to go to Altrincham and contribute to the local economy. This is about getting business back into Altrincham and FREEMAPS will do it, I promise.”

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3. Altrincham Open Market

Business brain: John Hoare

Age: 61

Business idea: Altrincham should build on its market town legacy by expanding on resources it already has. Altrincham Open Market would be open three days a week and would be a small business and craft market. Stallholders would own their own stands and be given a licence to pitch their wares at an agreed side street location.

Why Altrincham Open Market would boost Altrincham town centre: “The open market would bring weekly social interaction, entertainment and entrepreneurial excitement. All local shops, restaurants and bars would also benefit from an influx of customers.”

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4. Big Tuna

Business brain: Richard Foster

Age: 28

Business idea: Health food catering business aimed at gym goers and health conscious general public. Big Tuna will provide fresh, great tasting, healthy food, ranging from barbequed chicken to pasta with homemade sauce. All items on the menu will have nutritional information printed. All recipes will be developed to have little unnecessary fat, oil and sugar.

Why Big Tuna would boost Altrincham town centre: “It would provide locally sourced ingredients from Altrincham market and local shops, and Trafford Council would benefit linking with the Trafford health campaign. “

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5. LOCAL CREATION

Business brain: John Wonnacott

Age: 42

Business idea: Local creation would provide space for local artists (ranging from potters, jewellers, painters to fashion designers) which they could use to run classes, have workspace or have a gallery for retail. The business would also create a local artistic community and act as a springboard for a local arts festival.

Why Local Creation would boost Altrincham town centre: “The business would perform as an incubator for local creative businesses whilst they establish themselves. Tenants would be local people offering bespoke locally made products which aren’t currently on offer in Trafford.”

The top three finalists will go head to head in a Dragons Den style pitch and our judges will crown a winner on Thursday, November 3.

The winning business idea will be awarded a £1,000 cash prize, plus a business mentorship programme with leading business figures in Altrincham.

This will include business mentorship from Myers Lister Price Solicitors, PR and marketing advice from marketing and PR agency RMS, assistance with property and business planning from Nikal and business and training support from Trafford Council.

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2:21pm Thu 13 Oct 11

jamiegordon says...

How do we vote please?
How do we vote please? jamiegordon
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3:10pm Thu 13 Oct 11

dwk51 says...

well they will really turn alty back into a thriving town i dont think .who on earth are these judges we already have an art gallery more cafe`s than people, and we cannot fill the market that is there .health food shops dont last,and the council should put up signs for directions ,were there only 5 entrants dwk
well they will really turn alty back into a thriving town i dont think .who on earth are these judges we already have an art gallery more cafe`s than people, and we cannot fill the market that is there .health food shops dont last,and the council should put up signs for directions ,were there only 5 entrants dwk dwk51
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3:26pm Thu 13 Oct 11

StephRoseColette says...

dwk51, your optimism and positive attitude is astounding! What was your business idea to breathe some fresh life into the Altrincham area?
dwk51, your optimism and positive attitude is astounding! What was your business idea to breathe some fresh life into the Altrincham area? StephRoseColette
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4:46pm Thu 13 Oct 11

jamiegordon says...

jamiegordon wrote:
How do we vote please?
Sorry for previous post i was using old browser software!
[quote][p][bold]jamiegordon[/bold] wrote: How do we vote please?[/p][/quote]Sorry for previous post i was using old browser software! jamiegordon
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7:01pm Thu 13 Oct 11

dwk51 says...

src just 1 idea will not bring alty back .it has been voted to spend 19 million on the bus station ,if you take a view of the station there are hardly any buses in it ,why not spend that money and make george st a covered shopping area such as bury this would stop people travelling in droves to other shopping towns ,warrington being another,i am not a great mind but have lived in altrincham all my life and have seen the demise of the town.greedy councils charging fortunes for rates that small shops cannot afford to pay to make their bussinesses viable sorry i could go on all night but 1 competition winner will not bring alty back
src just 1 idea will not bring alty back .it has been voted to spend 19 million on the bus station ,if you take a view of the station there are hardly any buses in it ,why not spend that money and make george st a covered shopping area such as bury this would stop people travelling in droves to other shopping towns ,warrington being another,i am not a great mind but have lived in altrincham all my life and have seen the demise of the town.greedy councils charging fortunes for rates that small shops cannot afford to pay to make their bussinesses viable sorry i could go on all night but 1 competition winner will not bring alty back dwk51
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7:41pm Thu 13 Oct 11

StephRoseColette says...

dwk51, I don't disputa that only one idea will bring Altrincham back however is it not a step in the right direction? Is this not just one of many things that are happening to revamp Altrincham town centre.
dwk51, I don't disputa that only one idea will bring Altrincham back however is it not a step in the right direction? Is this not just one of many things that are happening to revamp Altrincham town centre. StephRoseColette
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8:45am Fri 14 Oct 11

dwk51 says...

hi src i am afraid not in my world i will agree its better than empty shops and boarded up pup windows ,but surely it is time for the council to start spending OUR money for OUR benefit how long before station house is renovated and the owners not just sitting on the land, we both want the same for altrincham but perhaps in different ways dwk
hi src i am afraid not in my world i will agree its better than empty shops and boarded up pup windows ,but surely it is time for the council to start spending OUR money for OUR benefit how long before station house is renovated and the owners not just sitting on the land, we both want the same for altrincham but perhaps in different ways dwk dwk51
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10:15am Sat 15 Oct 11

Manhatten says...

There should be a "none of the above" option. They are all twee little businesses that don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of making any money.

Altrincham town centre is a dead horse and it's time to stop flogging it.
There should be a "none of the above" option. They are all twee little businesses that don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of making any money. Altrincham town centre is a dead horse and it's time to stop flogging it. Manhatten
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1:44pm Sat 15 Oct 11

m69 says...

Were these the best 5??? Really?? The best suggestion I've read on this story is from dwk51. All the 'last 5' are either weak or would attract a specific group. Some of the Trafford centres busiest days are when it rains. Turning George St into a covered mall would be an excellent idea.
Were these the best 5??? Really?? The best suggestion I've read on this story is from dwk51. All the 'last 5' are either weak or would attract a specific group. Some of the Trafford centres busiest days are when it rains. Turning George St into a covered mall would be an excellent idea. m69
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