Launch of The Bears’ Lair 2019

The Dog & Doublet, Sandon was very privileged to be the chosen venue to host the 2019 launch of Stafford’s “Bears’ Lair” competition, where we welcomed the Bears, business supporters and applicants for this years event.

The Bears’ Lair encourages local, Stafford, budding entrepreneurs to enter the competition which holds a winners prize worth over £15000 – including professional legal advice, accountancy support, branding advice, a business buddy for a year and more!

The application window opened at the launch event and applications are welcome from any local business – new start ups, a businesses looking to expand, or a starting point for a new idea. The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is resident within the Stafford area or who has a business registered in Stafford.

This is the second year The Bears Lair competition  has been in existence and last years winner Ben Popple from Mr Popple’s Chocolates joined us for the evening.

Also in attendance were all five Bears: Carthy Accountants, Bespoke Creations, Nowell Mellor Solicitors, Stafford Railway Building Society and Verso Creative who were ready to welcome potential applicants to introduce themselves, explain how the process works and gave the opportunity to answer any questions they may have.

Application forms can be obtained by clicking here. The application window is open until 5pm on Wednesday 26th June. Shortlisting takes place on Wednesday 24th July.  The shortlisting event is a closed event and takes place on a blind basis in terms of the Applicant’s personal details, so as to avoid any potential conflict in terms of existing associations with any of the Bear firms.  Shortlisted applicants will then present a live pitch at the Grand Final event to be held at our four star, sister hotel The Moat House, Acton Trussell, Stafford  on Wednesday 24th September. Immediately after the pitch presentation, finalists will be questioned by the Bears’ regarding the business proposal before the winner is announced at the end of the evening.

Tickets for the Grand Final event will be on sale very soon – keep an eye on their website

All proceeds from The Bears Lair are donated to a local charity which for this year, announced at the launch event, is Stafford Together   A  new sustainable endowment fund for the Stafford area, Stafford Together is designed to support the voluntary sector in a sustainable way for the long term. The aim is to raise a similar amount to other successful schemes locally, where they have made an appreciable difference to their local areas.

Stafford Together will be the first – and only – local fund that allows people to support their community, with all moneys raised staying in the area.