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Rudding Park to host Dragon's Den-inspired event for independent businesses

Rudding Park is hosting a Dragon’s Den inspired event for Yorkshire independent businesses to pitch their products to the hotel's key decision-makers.

Rudding Park to host Dragon's Den-inspired event for independent businesses Luxury Harrogate hotel Rudding Park is hosting a Dragon’s Den inspired event later this month to support Yorkshire's independent businesses. The event on Tuesday 23rd January will allow businesses to pitch their products to key decision-makers at the luxury resort, as the team look to refresh the Rudding Park VIP gifting range. Candidates will have three minutes to pitch and impress the Rudding Park ‘Dragons’; Matthew Mackaness (Managing Director), Karen Tyson (Resort General Manager), Julia Featherstone (Head of Rooms Divison), Matthew Wilkinson (Head of Kitchens) and Nicola Cook (Head of Marketing), followed by any questions from the Dragons. To support local independent businesses, the team of ‘friendly’ Dragons are looking for a selection of high-quality products with links to travel, lifestyle, food and drink, design or well-being. They must also align with sustainability and/or giving back to the community. Julia Featherstone, Head of Rooms Division at Rudding Park said:

"We always strive to surprise and delight our guests, many of whom return time and time again. "It is important we recognise and reward their loyalty, so we are really excited about this initiative and I am hoping we will discover a range of new, quality products to incorporate into our VIP gifting to really 'wow' our guests."
Nicola Cook, Head of Marketing at Rudding Park said:
"I am conscious it can often be quite challenging, particularly for smaller businesses, to get a foot in the door to showcase their products. "It occurred to me that a Dragon’s Den inspired event could be great opportunity for us to discover some amazing products to enhance our guest experience and a chance to showcase some talented local suppliers in a fun and innovative initiative.”
The initiative also supports the Rudding Park Giving Back initiative; as the Rudding Park Dragons will each have a pot of Rudding Park gift vouchers ready to ‘invest’ in charities nominated by candidates who particularly impress. Find out more and apply now here. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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