Video: Launch of Dacorum’s Den

Residents from across Dacorum attended the launch of a scheme designed to help them with grants of up to £1,000 to help them develop business ideas.

Maylands Business Centre in Hemel Hempstead was filled with people keen on finding out more about Dacorum’s Den.

Launch of Dacorum's Den with, from left at front, Sophie Cox, of Baby Moments, Chris Taylor of Dacorum Borough Council, Patrick Burke, of aid4disabled and Lisa Devayya of Dacorum Borough Council

Launch of Dacorum's Den with, from left at front, Sophie Cox, of Baby Moments, Chris Taylor of Dacorum Borough Council, Patrick Burke, of aid4disabled and Lisa Devayya of Dacorum Borough Council

The small grants project was the brainchild last year of Dacorum Borough Council and officials who are fans of the TV show Dragon’s Den. Finalists will be grilled by a panel including Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning.

Council officials had some spare money in various project budgets and thought it was a way to encourage the growth of business ideas and therefore the local economy.

Speaking at the launch event yesterday (Thursday, April 11) multiple sclerosis sufferer Patrick Burke, of aid4disabled, said winning £1,000 in last year’s inaugural competition gave him the “flip” to continue and not to give up.

Sophie Cox, of Baby Moments, in Hemel Hempstead, said the competition had given her access to business advice as well as money for equipment and marketing.

Chris Taylor, of Dacorum Borough Council, said the scheme was all about encouraging growth in the local economy.

The deadline for applications is June 7.

Maggie Grand, of Sunnyside Rural Trust, said the charity was looking at ways to develop its income.

To find out more about the scheme and apply visit www.dacorumlooknofurther.co.uk/dacorums-den