As activity ramps up for Glee 2018, GIMA (The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association) is encouraging new business and innovators to consider entering the 2018 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund, with this year’s winner being unveiled at the annual exhibition for the garden and outdoor leisure industries (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham).
Introduced in 2014, the fund offers the winner an unrivalled prize package, including a £6,000 grant and help with development and marketing their product to the UK garden retail sector. Included within this prize fund is a year’s full GIMA membership, plus a wide range of business support tools designed to help ease the journey into a new and unfamiliar market place, such as free exhibition space at Glee (up to the value of £2,000), access to a leading business consultancy, one-year ACID (Anti Copying In Design) membership and a half page advert in the next GIMA Product Digest.
Since its inauguration, four highly deserving winners have been crowned, all of which have gone on to witness significant core growth. Last year’s winners were the clean technology company, bio-bean, who have industrialised the process of recycling spent coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. It was the company’s Coffee Logs that captured the attention of the judges in 2017 thanks to its simplicity and environmentally friendly nature. Talking about their win, a representative from bio-bean said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won – as a growing start-up with a new product this support will help us take our business to the next level.”
Businesses interested in entering the GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund in 2018 are invited to do so by visiting http://gima.org.uk/innovators-seed-corn-fund/ and completing the online application form ahead of the August 17th deadline.