Now Blackburn Mall vote goes to public

This Is Lancashire: Launch of the Pop-Up Blackburn in The Mall. Centre, Mall market assistant Victoria Mawdsley with, from left, Amanda Logan, Sue Seddon, Sam Houghton, Mark Stevenson, Mike Damms, Jack Godden and Fatema Fulat Launch of the Pop-Up Blackburn in The Mall. Centre, Mall market assistant Victoria Mawdsley with, from left, Amanda Logan, Sue Seddon, Sam Houghton, Mark Stevenson, Mike Damms, Jack Godden and Fatema Fulat

THE four finalists for The Mall Blackburn’s ‘Retail Factor’ 2014 contest have gone to the public vote.

The budding entrepreneurs are now trading in the shopping centre’s pop-up shop which was officially opened this week.

After three weeks’ trading, one of the businesses will be selected as having the commercial X factor based on results and public reaction.

The winner will be in the national final, up against five other hopefuls to win £1,000 and mentoring from business experts.

The finalists are: Irresistible Cupcakes: Fatema Fulat from Blackburn, with 20 years’ baking experience, has been running the enterprise since 2013. She produces cakes, pop cakes and printed edible decorations using organic ingredients.

Kease Keyrings: Chorley-based Sue Seddon’s business provides a unique solution to the age-old problem of lost keys. It is the only product of its kind in the UK and comes in a variety of colours and designs. Sue launched in 2013.

Tutu’s and Tulle: Amanda Logan’s love of all things girly led to her launching her business producing bespoke, made-to-order tutu outfits with matching personalised teddy bears. Set up in 2013 and based in her home in Feniscowles.

Krosl: Jack Godden, from Liverpool, met business partner Sam Houghton from Blackburn when they studied in Manchester. Together they founded Krosl, a contemporary creative clothing design company.

Judges will assess performance throughout the three weeks.

Mall general manager and head judge Loraine Jones said: “I am sure that all the finalists will get a very warm welcome from our shoppers and I look forward to announcing who our local champion is.”

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