Dragons Den 2015

Thirteen local community groups recently submitted bids to Horwich Rotary hoping to gain funding of up to £500 for their latest project.

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Four bids were unable to meet the strict criteria enabling to them gain access to the fund, although they were all very worthwhile causes. One bidder, Brazley Community Gardens withdrew at the last minute as they had been able to gain alternative funding for their project.

Each group was invited to present their case to the Dragons in a presentation strictly timed to last no more than three minutes. At the end of their presentation, the Dragons questioned the presenters on any matters that remained unclear.

The Dragons were the president of Horwich Rotary, Paul Whitney, incoming president Tom Mather, immediate past president Ted Wisedale, and freelance journalist Angela Kelly.

President Paul Whitney said “This was a new event not only for Horwich Rotary but for the community groups involved and the Dragons were very impressed with the high standard of the presentations from young and old alike. On the one hand Horwich RMI Cricket club were looking for funding to support cricket training for under 9 year olds whilst on the other, Flockton Court were looking to replace some old garden furniture for their residents.”

“After some deliberation, my fellow Dragons agreed that because of the outstanding presentations from all applicants, all of the groups would be granted the funding that they had requested although in some cases, it would be necessary to impose a few conditions which they should easily be able to meet."

"Everyone seemed to appreciate the event and we will be hoping to include it in our budget for the next Rotary year”.