Ashmira Botanica is in the TOP TEN!

Somerset Catalyst welcomes ten of the county’s most promising businesses to its inaugural programme

The Somerset Catalyst team today announces the ten successful applicants who have been invited to join the county’s inaugural new development programme for entrepreneurs and businesses.

Officially kicked off this week, Somerset Catalyst welcomed an impressive number of high-quality applications from diverse and aspirational businesses all around the county during the last six weeks. Today, the Somerset Catalyst team unveils its successful candidates, including a pre-start-up business, a third-generation family enterprise, a circular economy company, an augmented reality specialist and an Atlas Mountain-inspired nut-butter brand.

The full line-up of businesses joining the 20/21 programme are:

  1. Ashmira Botanica Ltd: Wellington, Somerset
  2. Eskeez: Taunton, Somerset
  3. Indy Aesthetics: Taunton, Somerset
  4. IN Reality Ltd: Yeovil, Somerset
  5. InShare SMART Risk: Chard, Somerset
  6. Make Me a Garden: Bridgwater, Somerset
  7. Offcut Studio: Frome, Somerset
  8. Singer Instruments: Watchet, Somerset
  9. White Spark Design: Wincanton, Somerset
  10. Yumello: Wells, Somerset

Over the next six months, the ten entrepreneurs will receive 1:1 expert coaching from business coaches and participate in workshops in a whole range of business disciplines enabling the entrepreneurs to forge robust business plans and maximise their chances of securing investment and grant funding. The Somerset Catalyst programme will also feature business review panels with industry experts, help to access business finance, and profile-raising marketing support, as well as peer to peer sessions (held via Zoom for the time-being).

One of the successful businesses is Ashmira Botanica Ltd, a start-up based in Taunton producing a luxurious range of natural waxing products for salons and spas across the UK and overseas. Tracey Smith, founder, says, “I am really looking forward to having experienced people help take my business to the next stage. I am looking forward to learning from their expertise to help make my business a resounding success.”