Test town finalists heading south for one last challenge

Inspirational entrepreneurs who blazed a trail in Kirkintilloch are competing to become the UK’s 2014 TestTown winner - and to scoop £10,000.

East Dunbartonshire Council has sent its best wishes to Tigerprint Tees - which won a prize of £1,000 when Kirkintilloch hosted a ‘pop-up’ TestTown Scotland Festival on July 4-5.

Businesses battled it out to be crowned the Scottish winner, with Tigerprint roaring to success. The owners are now hoping their experiences in East Dunbartonshire inspire them to victory in the UK final in Cambridge.

Trading in the grand final takes place next Friday and Saturday, October 10-11 - following an intensive programme of training and support. The overall winner will receive £10,000 and will be crowned TestTown champ.

The entrepreneurial competition, delivered by the Carnegie UK Trust, is one of the UK’s biggest and invites people aged 16-30 to dream up enterprising uses for shops, offices, stalls and other vacant spaces, while simultaneously revitalising Britain’s town centres.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “All of the finalists were excellent and I’m sure Tigerprint Tees will be great ambassadors for Kirkintilloch.

“The council - in conjunction with our partners in both the public and private sector - works hard to ensure the continued vitality of all our town centres and initiatives such as TestTown can only help our efforts.”