Start Tech to Back Up-and-Coming Businesses

Every year in our local town, a food festival takes over the town’s park. Shrewsbury Food Festival has been a big part of the local social calendar for over a decade. This year we’ll be the festival’s official Bursary Sponsor to support up-and-coming businesses.

Start Tech will cover two-thirds of the cost to exhibit at the two-day festival for up to three small, local businesses.

Beth Heath, Director of Fun at Shropshire Festivals, said, “We are delighted that Start Tech is the official Bursary Sponsor of Shrewsbury Food Festival 2024.

“We understand the struggles of being a family-run, independent business in the current economic climate. It’s tough starting out and having the capital to pay for stands at festivals and shows, so it’s fantastic that Start Tech will be providing this opportunity for up to three small businesses.

“Bursary places are for small, fledgling businesses that would struggle to cover the cost of an exhibitor space but would greatly benefit from the platform. If you’re interested in applying for one of these spots, please email to express your interest.”

Working with Shropshire Festivals

Start Tech began partnering with Shropshire Festivals’ events last year. In 2024 we will also be sponsoring Shropshire Oktoberfest and providing a Cyber Security Zone at the Shropshire Business Festival on April 11th.

Our MD, Ian Groves​​​​, said he is thrilled to be helping the next generation of small businesses in the area.

He said, ”Shrewsbury Food Festival offers a brilliant platform for local businesses to get their products in front of customers. Not only is it a great event for sales, but it’s where you can build brand awareness and generate new leads. After getting involved with Shropshire Festivals’ events last year, we know first-hand the impact they can have on Shropshire businesses.

“We are looking forward to finding out who gets accepted onto the bursary scheme and seeing them trade at the festival in June.”

Shrewsbury Food Festival is taking place on June 29th and 30th at the Quarry. There will be 200 food, drink, and home stalls, two live entertainment stages, a field of free kids activities, chef demonstrations, a chef school, a kids cookery school, and an educational field to fork area.

Early bird tickets are available for a limited time at

Ian Groves (Start Tech) and Beth Heath (Shropshire Festivals)