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Grand Final – Glasgow Saltmarket

The Grand Final of TestTown 2015 was held in Glasgow’s Historic Saltmarket and The Briggait over the long weekend Thurs 25th to Saturday 27th February 2016.

View the flier and map here- TestTown Glasgow Saltmarket Flier

Working with the hosts, Glasgow City Council and City Property (Glasgow) LLP the Grand Final saw twelve of our TestTown 2015 winners and runners up trade out of pop-up shops and spaces to compete for a £10,000 investment into their business idea.

We were delighted that our judges awarded this to Stephen Bond’s Panda’s Kitchen Liqueur EmporiumMaley’s Artisan Chocolates and Karen’s Cakes were awarded joint runners-up.  A huge thank-you goes out to all our finalists for creating such a fantastic event.  We are looking forward to seeing how theirs and the story of the Saltmarket unfolds.

Watch how the week unfolded…

The Briggait: TestTown Welcome and Performance/Experience

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Adventure Circus Adventure Circus is Scotland’s newest circus school who have some big ambitions for the future!  Come and watch an exciting performance and after, try your hand at circus skills! (Perth, Scotland)

Ddraig Valley and Fy Siop Fferm – A brand dedicated to the education and conservation of farm and exotic animals and a modern turn on the old fashioned farm store, giving local producers a selling base (Bridgend, Wales)

Music provided by our young artists from TestTown Great Yarmouth

HipHopNeverStop HHNS A student founded music platform promoting both Jorro, M-Jai and other inspired musicians in their area. Although labelled as “HipHop” both Jorro and M-Jai mix their “Bars” with a few different styles. They have written songs to Grime, RnB, Club, Acoustic and even Dancehall influenced instrumentals.

Bell Rippington a traditional and modern folk artist who is working to build the appreciation of this genre of music with other young people. ‘It is not who you are or where you come from that determines if you make it or not, it’s what you are made of that helps put your dreams in front of you.’


No 30, Saltmarket: TestTown Artisan and Craft

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Adriana Tavares Rugs Adriana is a rug designer and maker that fashions refreshing surfaces through the endangered and heritage craft of hand tufting (Huddersfield, England)

Forest-and-Found Combining traditional techniques with contemporary design, Forest-And-Found create products that celebrate craftsmanship in the modern home. (Walthamstow, London)


No 146 Saltmarket: TestTown Occasions and Gifts

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Maley’s Artisan ChocolatesHandcrafted, flavour filled, preservative free artisan chocolate company based in the heart of Scotland supplying edible and creative treats for all. (Falkirk, Scotland)

The Winter Sparrow Vintage CollectionOlive Winter’s Collection comprises of small items and furniture offering the customer the opportunity to own something unique with a touch of nostalgia (Enniscorthy, Ireland)


No 174 Saltmarket: TestTown Occasions and Gifts

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AM Wedding and EventsA family run business specializing in wedding and event prop hire, accessories and theming.  From invitations to favours to photobooths. light-up letters, candy ferris wheels and much, much more.  (Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland)

Karen’s CakesBespoke handmade cakes for any occasion (Falkirk, Scotland)

The Olive MillOffering a diverse range of quirky gifts, shabby chic home décor and hidden treasures (Ellesmere Port, England)

Panda’s KitchenPanda’s Kitchen is a one-man company based in Yorkshire, England, producing original liqueur infusions that combine a love of interesting and exotic flavours, with the charm of the panda; rare, loveable and special.  (Huddersfield, England)