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The Scottish EDGE – Round Six Now Open

Scottish EDGE is a funding competition aimed at identifying Scotland’s top young entrepreneurs. Companies that demonstrate the most potential can win awards of up to £100,000 and access additional support for their business.

The Scottish EDGE consists of three competition categories, Scottish EDGE, Young EDGE and Innovative EDGE. There are additional prizes of up to £10,000 for the Young EDGE and Wild Card EDGE. All Scottish EDGE finalists receive a package of support from leading business organisations such as Harper Macleod, Johnston Carmichael and James Hallam.

Applicants submit an application form and video pitch.

The next Scottish EDGE round opened on Monday 2nd February and the closing date for Round Six applicants is Wednesday 11th March at 11:59pm.

You can apply online at www.scotedge.com/apply-now.

UKSE

The Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) has loaned a five-figure sum to Cumbernauld-based Coronet Clean Team to expand its services across Scotland and North England.

UKSE is set up to help growing companies operating in former steel producing areas to realise their full potential, boost the local economy and create jobs.

Coronet Clean Team is a commercial cleaning company offering daily, weekly and monthly cleaning services to all types of business. The company specialises in office cleaning and through winning contracts with multiple sites, Coronet Clean Team is widening its operations across the UK.

The expansion will create 26 full and part time jobs in cleaning, administration and business development roles.

The UKSE funding has enabled the business to broaden its cleaning services as well as offer a soft facilities management service which will cover fixing a light bulb, to mending radiators to painting and decorating.

Clients include London and Scottish Investments, John G Russell and ADT Fire and Security. The business is the preferred supplier of office cleaning for DHL in Scotland and recently won its first retail contract for the Emporio Armani store in Glasgow city centre.

Scott Wylie, managing director at Coronet Clean Team, said: “Working with UKSE has been excellent. Not only does the funding give the company breathing space to explore new revenue streams, the support UKSE has provided throughout the process has been second to none.

“At our quarterly meetings Anne has been a wise mentor, setting the business tasks and targets which have provided me with focus to grow the company. UKSE has been a good set of ears to discuss expansion plans and it’s a real lift to have Anne believe in the company.”

Anne Clyde, regional manager at UKSE, said: “Coronet Clean Team has real potential for growth which will create much needed jobs in steel areas.

“When meeting Scott it was clear he had the enthusiasm and aspiration to develop the company and he has big ambitions for the future.”

Since its establishment in 1975, UKSE has directly invested more than £22m in tailored financial packages for almost 1,500 businesses in the steel areas of Lanarkshire, Glasgow and North Ayrshire.

april, 2018

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