Enter the Dragons’ Den; get your new business off the ground

Have you got a fantastic business idea but need a little help to get started? Then we can help get it off the ground!

Maybe you’ve spotted a gap in the market, have a passion which you want to go pro with or maybe you have a great product or service that you think people will really love. If that sounds like you, then we want to hear from you.

How does it work?

We’re giving away pots of funding for up to £1,000 to help with the start-up cost of a new business. This could be put towards things like setting up a website, getting some crucial training, insurance, registration costs and anything else you need to get going. What’s more, you’ll also receive support and guidance from our experts about how to use the funding effectively to grow your business. All you have to do is fill in our form below. We’ll let all the winners know when the competition closes on 24th of November.

What can we pitch about?

Anything! As long as your idea is for a new business, then it’s entirely up to you. You can apply with a business that you’ve recently started, but the business can’t be more than six months old and can’t already be receiving funding from elsewhere.

Who can apply?

All Stonewater customers are able to apply. Just make sure your application is in before the 24th November

Why have Stonewater set up this initiative?

Getting the money together to get a new business off the ground can be hard, and we know there are lots of extremely talented people living in our communities that would love the chance to realise their full potential. This competition is all about giving those people a hand-up with some funding from our community investment budget to get things going. For anyone who applies but isn’t successful, we’ll send you some advice on how to progress your ideas further. We’ve also got lots of information about other employment opportunities, including vacancies for roles with our contractor partners. If you have any questions, please email

Dragons’ Den application form

Dragons Den
Please indicate which stage your business is currently at:
How did you hear about this project? (tick the appropriate box)
Home Address
Home Address
Company Address (if relevant)
Company Address (if relevant)
How do you prefer to be contacted?
What is your current employment status?