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 Emporium. Maley’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.
The Briggait: TestTown Welcome and Performance/Experience
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) www.adventurecircus.org
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) www.ddraigvalley.co.uk
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. Facebook.com/hiphopneverstops-HHNS
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.’ Facebook.com/BellRippington
No 30, Saltmarket: TestTown Artisan and Craft
Forest-and-Found – Combining traditional techniques with contemporary design, Forest-And-Found create products that celebrate craftsmanship in the modern home. (Walthamstow, London) www.forest-and-found.com
No 146 Saltmarket: TestTown Occasions and Gifts
Maley’s Artisan Chocolates– Handcrafted, flavour filled, preservative free artisan chocolate company based in the heart of Scotland supplying edible and creative treats for all. (Falkirk, Scotland) www.maleys.co.uk
The Winter Sparrow Vintage Collection–Olive 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) facebook.com/WintersSparrow74
No 174 Saltmarket: TestTown Occasions and Gifts
AM Wedding and Events– A 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) facebook.com/amweddingandevents
Karen’s Cakes– Bespoke handmade cakes for any occasion (Falkirk, Scotland)
Panda’s Kitchen– Panda’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) facebook.com/pandaskitchen