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Business Week Wolves' Den winners announced

The 2 Wolverhampton companies that braved the Wolves' Den and came out with £10,000 of KPMG business support have been announced.

(l-r): Wolves’ Den panel Simon Penfold, Express & Star Business Editor, Simon Albrighton, KPMG Advisory Business Partner, Keren Jones, CofW Council Service Director City Economy, Sham Sharma, Chair of SME Forum, and Tim Kay, KPMG Enterprise Director
Two Wolverhampton companies braved the Wolves' Den

City of Wolverhampton Council joined forces with the leading professional services firm during Business Week to offer local SMEs the chance to pitch to a panel of experienced business professionals and partners from KPMG.

The 2 companies that took the spoils were Huxton Resourcing of Sedgley Street and Learn Play Foundation of Cleveland Road.

Huxton Resourcing is a dedicated recruitment service to the social care and education sector, while the Learn Play Foundation is a not for profit interactive digital media company that helps communities realise their potential through learning.

The judges felt they both demonstrated the best and most coherent understanding of their businesses, the challenges they face and how KPMG's support would benefit them.

The panel were also looking for how the businesses made an economic and community impact in the City of Wolverhampton - and both of the organisations were able to show how they contribute to both.

Adrian Fieldhouse, Director at KPMG, added: "We were delighted to participate in Wolverhampton Business Week and following on from our sponsorship of the Business Breakfast, Wolves' Den was the perfect way to finish off a great week.

"We deal with major businesses every day of the week and were both impressed and inspired by the energy, enthusiasm and drive that each of the organisations that pitched displayed."

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, added: "SMEs make up a big part of the Wolverhampton business community at over 80%.

"This was a fantastic opportunity for them to bid for expert advice from a global name like KPMG.

"Congratulations to Huxton Resourcing and the Learn Play Foundation for beating off stiff competition to land support that will boost their business.

"We are delighted such a prominent firm like KPMG is showing such support for our city - and in particular Business Week."

All participants received helpful observations and advice from the panel on the day and 3 further businesses have been offered support via the KPMG Enterprise Programme.

  • released: Tuesday 11 October, 2016