Would-be traders put to the test in Howgate centre

The five finalists in Test Town Falkirk - Emma-Louise Ewing, Chloe White, Michael Maley, Karen Templeton adn Rachel MacDonald''Picture: Michael Gillen

The five finalists in Test Town Falkirk - Emma-Louise Ewing, Chloe White, Michael Maley, Karen Templeton adn Rachel MacDonald''Picture: Michael Gillen

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Five aspiring entrepreneurs are hoping their business ideas will pass the test with Howgate shoppers.

All are finalists in TestTown Falkirk, part of a national initiative to revitalise the country’s high streets.

The idea was developed by Carnegie UK Trust and organised locally by Falkirk Delivers, partnered by Falkirk Business Gateway, RBS, Howgate, Eden Consultancy, Real Retail Solutions and CVS Falkirk.

This week, the successful five are trading from a pop-up shop in the centre where each have a space with the aim of impressing shoppers with the specialised goods they have on sale.

Each is aiming to win the local heat and be entered into the UK grand final in January with a chance to win £10,000 to turn their dreams into a going concern.

Provost Pat Reid performed the opening of the retail unit on Monday and it will be open until Saturday.

Sarah McKenzie of Falkirk Delivers said: “We’d like to congratulate all five finalists and wish them well.”

The finalists:

Emma-Louise Ewing (39) – Woof and Meow, pet collars, harnesses, leads etc.

nChloe White (17) – Chloebella Bags, personalised bags and suitcases

nMichael Maley (40) – Maley’s Artison Chocolates, handmade chocolates and truffles

nKaren Templeton (38) – Karen’s Cakes, celebratory cakes and cupcakes

nRachel MacDonald (28) – Peaches and Dreams Art, wooden gifts and

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