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Gymnasts aiming high to win small business award

GYMNASTIC club founders Anna and Joel King are aiming high to cater for future Olympians in Bognor Regis.

 

The couple hope to win this year’s national Nectar Business Small Business Award. They have been selected for the award’s shortlist and intend to use its £2,000 cash prize and 50,000 Nectar points if they win to expand their business, Regis Gymnastics CIC, to enable more people to learn the sport. Anna said: “We would like to invest the prize fund back into the business to help grow this area and we also expect to see an increase in interest for the sport following the Olympics.

 

“From starting Regis Gymnastics CIC in 2010, it’s great to see how far the business has come – to think we initially operated out of a van taking equipment from A to B.”

 

She and Joel have just a month to find out if their club will win the contribution to the community category. It is open to a public vote until October 22 at the facebook.com/nectarbusiness page where fans can help to decide this year’s winner.

 

The club was set up by Anna and Joel in response to a demand for the sport around Bognor Regis. It is a gymnastics club with a social ethos and aims to improve lives and prospects through participation in sport.

 

If Regis Gymnastics win, it will see Anna and Joel invited to the Nectar Busienss round table and awards ceremony in November. This will enable them to meet and receive tailored expert advice from Sarah Willingham and other business professionals who also judged the awards.

 

“Receiving an invite to the Nectar Business round table event and the opportunity to get first-hand advice from the likes of Sarah Willingham for our business would be really valuable in taking us to the next level,” said Anna.

 

“We have recently introduced new initiatives to help the local community, including a 50 per cent discount on fees for children in local authority care and rebound therapy for those with disabilities.”

 

Lead judge and serial entrepreneur Ms Willingham is encouraging the public to visit the Facebook page to vote for the business they find the most inspiring.

 

“This year I have been absolutely blown away by the number of entries and the sheer quality of those businesses that have entered the Nectar Business Small Business Awards.

 

“The contribution to the community award celebrates how a business’s success isn’t just decided by how much money it makes, but what it stands for and what it means to the community it exists in,” she added.

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