Friday, November 6, 2015

News: Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

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The shortlist has been announced containing a wide range of businesses in with a chance of being named Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015.

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.

Further support is provided by awards category sponsors AESSEAL, Rotherham College, The Source Retail Skills Academy and Willmott Dixon. Judges are assessing the entries with the winners due to be recognised at a ceremony on November 16 which makes up part of the Rotherham Local Employment Advisory Forum targeted at young people across the region and taking place at Magna.

Darren McDool, business coach from Rotherham Youth Enterprise, said: "The calibre of the candidates that entered this year has again been exceptional. We have a fantastic mixture of creative new starts, and growing established businesses, representing the increasing number of entrepreneurial young individuals in our region."

Jackie Frost, enterprise projects manager at Rotherham Council, added: "Previous winners of this award 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."

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RYE secured part-funding through the European Regional Development Fund and aims to equip the young people of Rotherham with the enterprise and employability skills that they need to make a success of their future and to contribute to the economy of the borough.

Keith Williams, regional manager at UK Steel Enterprise, said: "The work of the Rotherham Youth Enterprise, and their dedication to supporting job opportunities and economic growth across the region, is well aligned to UK Steel Enterprises 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 16th."

The finalists:

- Simple Office Supplies Ltd - a fast growing business offering a free next day delivery service
- Lewbot Art - the work of talented freelance illustrator, Lewis Houghton
- F1 Showcars - the specialists in motorsport simulators and games
- Team Katalyst - operators of the new performance centre in Rotherham
- The Screening Project - creators of original and cutting edge digital media for businesses and charities
- Pie Eyed - serving proper Pie & Mash at events and festivals
- The Corner Space - a creative studio and room hire facility
- Inertia Computers - builder of bespoke PCs for gamers
- Favell Recruitment - providing staff to the education and construction industry
- Infinity Digital - innovative social media specialists
- J L Dance Academy - a dance and performing arts school teaching over 150 students

The finalists will be featured in Rothbiz in the coming weeks.

Rotherham Youth Enterprise website

Images: RYE

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