West Malling based menswear and ecommerce store Monks Clothing is entering national competition Pitch to Rich for the chance to win mentoring and a £250,000 investment from Sir Richard Branson.
Pitch to Rich is in association with, LinkedIn and aims to find and support Britain’s brightest businesses. There are three categories to enter and the winners will be picked by Sir Richard Branson and a panel of expert judges in a live final on the 26th June.
To get through to the shortlist entries must compete in a public vote which closes Tuesday 5th May. The top 50 will be through for telephone interviews and face to face workshops before they are whittled down to 30 and then 9.
Relatively young Monks Clothing is asking for your help to get them in front of Sir Richard by voting for them. Owner and founder Amy Barker says ‘Monks was started on a shoe string budget and everything has been done in house. Investment and mentoring could propel Monks Clothing and help us achieve everything the website and store is capable of’. The store is calling on everybody to help by voting for them to enter the next stage of the contest ‘Every vote really does count and it takes no more than 30 seconds but could help make our small business a national one!’.
Monks Clothing was set up by Amy Barker, 23, from West Malling in 2013 after receiving a government funded loan from the Start Up Loans Company. The menswear store in Swan Street West Malling stocks rare and unique brands in a cool and contemporary environment. Monks aim to put the traditional values back into high street shopping and help the Great British high street thrive again. Highly trained staff and an exceptional personalised service in store keep Monks Clothing a firm favourite and they bring the personalised touch to their online store too.
In 2014 Barker represented the UK on behalf of Monks Clothing at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit in Athens and also at The House Of Lords as a panellist.