We are delighted to announce that Fuze Ceremonies were named the most promising start-up in the LESL Enterprise Challenge.
The competition was launched by LESL, an enterprise trust based in Lanarkshire, to celebrate its 25 years of supporting businesses in Scotland.
As part of the prize for coming out on top, Fuze will be able to tap into a range of business development services including public relations, marketing, human resources, IT and legal provision.
On top of that, the company is getting six months of rent-free office space at the Atrium Business Centre in Coatbridge.
Humanist wedding ceremonies in Scotland have increased rapidly in recent years.
In 2005 there were fewer than 100 carried out, but the most recent figures from the General Register Office for Scotland show there were 2486 in 2011 and 3052 in 2012.
Fuze Ceremonies have just launched their all-inclusive, fixed price, Wedding and a Naming Day package in addition to offering many types of ceremonies: legal Humanist marriages (Scotland), naming days, same-sex affirmations and re-affirmations of vows.
Fuze Ceremonies have high ethical standards and are committed raising money for charity. Profits from marriage ceremonies remain within the Fuze Foundation, a grant giving trust. They have organised a large dress auction for charity on 10th November – Fun, Frocks and Fundraising”
It also offers event planning services covering everything from speech writing to venue booking, dining and entertainment.
Morag Adams, managing director of Fuze Ceremonies, said the business is hoping to expand quickly in the coming years.
She said: “It’s been a tough first year, but we’ve made a great start to a business that is continuing to grow and innovate.
“Winning is not only about the prize, but the recognition by others and the belief that they have in our business has given us all a real boost. Our new premises at the Atrium, together with the mentoring and expertise we’ll receive from LESL’s advisors, will undoubtedly help underpin our plans for rapid expansion, initially in Scotland, then throughout the UK.”
There were also three runners-up, each receiving business support packages.
Ronnie Smith, chief executive of LESL, believes all the businesses recognised have the potential to grow further.
He said: “LESL’s whole reason for being is to support exciting young Scottish businesses, assisting them to achieve their business goals and strengthen Scotland’s economy. By providing access to mentoring and expertise tailored to their individual needs, I know that we can help these four start-ups to deliver on their potential as world-class companies.”
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