Halesowen pulls the plug on Britain in Bloom bid

Kidderminster Shuttle: Eve O’Connor at the floral art display in the Cornbow Shopping Centre made by children from the Merrivale and Kids Korner nurseries, Lutley, Hurst Green and St Kenelm’s primary schools. as part of Halesowen in Bloom. (To buy:301223M)

1:37pm Tuesday 17th July 2012

PLANS to enter Halesowen into the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition have been abandoned amid fears it would not make the grade.

Business group moves into Kidderminster

9:52am Friday 14th August 2009

A NEW Business Network International (BNI) chapter is opening in Kidderminster this month.

Tension mounts in award battle

3:42pm Tuesday 30th June 2009

A MOBILE catering business, a physiotherapist’s, a fashion and jewellery shop and a boutique hotel are the finalists in the 2009 Business Idol competition.

Business Idol down to last 12

Kidderminster Shuttle: Business Idol: Top company sought.

7:20am Wednesday 3rd June 2009

A SEWING school for youngsters, a woman who has opened up her own hotel and the owner of an old-fashioned sweet shop are among the 12 longlisted entrants in our Business Idol competition.

Family’s search system

Kidderminster Shuttle: Spreading the message: Bob Farley and his

1:00pm Monday 11th May 2009

A KIDDERMINSTER man has high hopes that he can help to launch a unique super-fast system of tracking down missing people created by his father-in-law.

Hogging the limelight with tasty treats

Kidderminster Shuttle: Food to go: David Sidwell and the classic 1969 Bedford ice cream van, which he restored.

11:25am Tuesday 5th May 2009

FOOD lover David Sidwell is the latest Business Idol entrant with his company Choc ‘n’ Hog Catering, based in Hartlebury.

Creative Katie has success all sewn up

Kidderminster Shuttle: Stitch in time: Katie George, of Bewdley, with her young students at Bobbins.

9:40am Monday 27th April 2009

THE latest entry in our increasingly popular Business Idol competition is Katie George, of Bewdley, with Bobbins, a sewing school for children. “I enjoy teaching youngsters and wanted to branch out with something really creative,” she says. “There is a big need for this sort of class and a wide range of children interested in making their own clothes.”

Hands-on duo turn hobby into business

Kidderminster Shuttle: Steady does it: Renee Clarke eases a client's back problem using the ergonomic chair.

8:30am Wednesday 22nd April 2009

TWO Kidderminster women who, for years, practised holistic therapy “almost as a hobby” have taken the plunge and set up their own business on a full-time basis.

Bright spark is latest entrant

Kidderminster Shuttle: Going it alone: Tristan Quiney.

11:00am Tuesday 14th April 2009

TRISTAN Quiney has seized the chance to enter our Business Idol competition, which offers free publicity and the chance for the founder of one of the new businesses set up in Wyre Forest to win £1,000 cash.

Stuart eyes up £1,000 prize

Kidderminster Shuttle: Determined: Stuart Hill-Blount who has set up his own painting and decorating business.

4:40pm Wednesday 8th April 2009

A KIDDERMINSTER man who has set up a business as a painter and decorator is facing the biggest challenge of his life – to break free at last from having to rely on state aid.

Tradition is key to sweet success

Kidderminster Shuttle: Sweets about me: Justine Bowman.

9:00am Wednesday 1st April 2009

JUSTINE Bowman has got our new Business Idol competition off to the sweetest possible start with talk of bulls eyes, pear drops and dolly mixtures.

Business Idol top ten revealed

3:49pm Thursday 12th June 2008

A COBBLER, a tattooist, and an Indian take-away specialising in healthy foods are among the ten finalists in the Wyre Forest Business Idol Competition being run by the Kidderminster Big Breakfast Club in association with the Shuttle/-Times & News.

Talented line-up for £1,000 prize

Kidderminster Shuttle:

2:55pm Friday 23rd May 2008

THE countdown has begun for the Wyre Forest Business Idol title and the £1,000 prize that goes with it.

Business is ballooning for Alan after health setback

Kidderminster Shuttle: Party ideas: Julie Lauder in the Balloon Shop.

2:53pm Friday 23rd May 2008

PARTY time is more than a few balloons around the room for Alan Lauder.

Natalie proves it doesn’t have to be a dog’s life

Kidderminster Shuttle: Easing stress: Natalie Lenton, of Canine Massage Therapy.

2:52pm Friday 23rd May 2008

NATALIE Lenton is putting Kidderminster on the UK map for an unlikely reason - dog massage.

The rest of the Business Idol hopefuls

2:50pm Friday 23rd May 2008

Shoe mender: After 23 years in the shoe repair business, Paul Gilman decided to go it alone and, with help from brother-in-law Russell Dew, set up his own shop in Bridge Street, Kidderminster. Now he wants to expand the business and says: "We feel that with the right advice from the Kidderminster Big Breakfast Club we could see it really take off."

Last chance for your business to win £1,000

Kidderminster Shuttle:

12:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2008

OWNERS of fledgling businesses in the Wyre Forest area still have time to make a move that could open the gates to success and prosperity.

Contender homes in on bright future

Kidderminster Shuttle: Preparing reports: John Reed. Photo: PETER RICKETTS.

11:44am Wednesday 16th April 2008

IF success in business depends on being in the right place at the right time, then John Reed is heading for big things as his embryo company puts down its roots in Kidderminster.

Gail looking to clean up

Kidderminster Shuttle: Clean break: Gail Sharpe who has entered Sharpes Dry Cleaning in the Business Idol competition.

8:35am Wednesday 9th April 2008

FORMER England footballer Lee Sharpe is a regular visitor to a laundry and dry cleaning shop in York Street, Stourport.

Shoe repairers take up challenge

Kidderminster Shuttle: Soonest mended: Paul Gilman, left and Russell Dew, of Kidderminster Shoe Repairs.

11:05am Tuesday 1st April 2008

A KIDDERMINSTER man who, after 23 years in the shoe repair business decided to go it alone, is one of the first entrants in the bid to win the title, Wyre Forest Business Idol of 2008.

Your idea could win you £1,000

Kidderminster Shuttle: Stamp of approval: Business Idol co-ordinator Nick Webb and fellow Big Breakfast Club members  David Chill, Jude Thompson and Gary Halpin in front of Kidderminster's statue of Rowland Hill, founder of the modern postal system.

10:28am Tuesday 25th March 2008

THE Shuttle/Times & News is joining forces with Kidder-minster's Big Breakfast Club, a group of successful business men and women, in a search to find the most enterprising and imaginative business folk in Wyre Forest.


Kidderminster Shuttle:

10:27am Tuesday 25th March 2008

HOW TO ENTER All you have to do to enter Business Idol and maybe win a big boost to your business is to describe in not more than 250 words what your business concept is, what's special about it and what you feel it needs to succeed.


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