A FAREHAM entrepreneur has made it through to the final stages of a national competition and has a chance of winning a £50,000 prize.
Andy Ward – with his Isle of Wight-based business partner Mike McGuire – has invented U-Cube.
This is a unique all-weather insulated building able to accommodate up to four persons, available to hire at festivals and events for public and corporate use.
The product has impressed judges at the Barclays Take One Small Step initiative, which put them through to the final.
Andy said: ‘Anyone who has spent an uncomfortable night under canvas at a Festival will see the benefits of our purpose built unit. We have three built and they are getting rave reviews and if we win the competition we will be able to take the business to the next level.’
To win the prize money the finalists must now drum up public votes for their idea by enlisting the support of family, friends, colleagues, customers, and their community to get behind them to help them win.
The money up for grabs goes towards making business dreams a reality, whether it’s a totally new business idea from a start-up with a dream, or an existing business that wants to go to the next level.
In total there are 27 finalists from across the UK vying to win one of the nine £50,000 prizes up for grabs.
Barclays Business Area manager for Fareham, Dan Brogan, said: ‘It is great to have a Hampshire-based finalist. It’s a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit that the business managers in Hampshire see every day. Right now these businesses need the public’s votes to win. We’ll only be able to award the life changing prize to the most popular idea in each region, so now it’s all over to the public.’
The ‘Take One Small Step’ competition launched in March and attracted over 5,000 registrations prior to the finalist stage. To vote go to takeonesmallstep.co.uk