Tuesday, November 11, 2014

News: Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards - shortlist revealed

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Young entrepreneurs from a wide range of businesses have made it to the final and are in with a chance of being named Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2014.

Part of the Rotherham Youth Enterprise (RYE) Project, which provides help and support to young business owners, the awards take place annually in partnership with UK Steel Enterprise, a subsidiary of Tata Steel that has set aside finance from its Kickstart Fund to target young entrepreneurs in Rotherham.

Judges including AESSEAL, Parkgate Shopping, RCAT and The Source Retail Skills Academy are now pouring over the entries, with the winners due to be recognised at a ceremony on November 17 which makes up part of the Rotherham Local Employment Advisory Forum targeted at young people across the region and taking placed at Magna.

The awards, now in their ninth year, cover all sectors and look to recognise the achievements of business owners under the age of 30. Finalists are competing to be named Best New Business Start, Most Established Business, Most Determined to Succeed and Most Innovative Business. One of the winners of these four categories will then be awarded the main prize of Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Darren McDool, Business Coach from Rotherham Youth Enterprise, said: "The calibre of the candidates that entered this year has been exceptional. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the submissions and are privileged to have been invited to learn more about these businesses and these truly entrepreneurial young individuals in our region."

"Previous winners have gone on to do great things, capitalising on the exposure that this accolade provides, so we are pleased to see another group of really strong candidates on this year's shortlist."

Rotherham Youth Enterprise, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, aims to equip the young people of Rotherham with the enterprise skills that they need to make a success of their future and to contribute to the economy in the borough.

Allan Wood of UK Steel Enterprise said: "The work of the Rotherham Youth Enterprise, and their dedication to supporting young entrepreneurs and economic growth, is well aligned to the UK Steel Enterprise ethos and, to that end, we are delighted to be once again sponsoring these awards.

"The entries have been excellent, and we're looking forward to further recognising the success of the winners at the awards ceremony on the 17th."

The finalists:

- JL Dance Academy, a dance and performing arts school teaching over 150 students

- Infinity Digital, a marketing agency with a flair for all things digital

- Koochie Koo Customisation, specialising in the personalisation of many items, including corporate uniforms

- Patchwork Pig, a high-street shop in Rotherham with a unique and affordable gift selection

- House of S, a stylish hair salon in Wickersley with a focus on innovation

- 4 Ever Able Ltd – a specialist bathroom design and installation firm based on Rotherham's Eastwood trading estate

- The Screening Project, producer of innovative and interactive film events across the UK

- Adspec Ltd, a company aiming to provide the latest technology at cheaper prices than major players such as Apple and Microsoft

- GSK Hair Lounge, a hair & beauty salon in Swallownest with the aim of providing a high end finish without the expensive price tag

- RG Baits, a supplier of speciality bait to UK fishing enthusiasts

- Response Vehicle Lighting, supplier of emergency and commercial vehicle lighting equipment

- Sally Shortcake, a vintage-style-tea-shop serving home-cooked food and freshly baked treats

Rotherham Youth Enterprise website

Images: RYE

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