Friday, November 13, 2015

News: The best of Rotherham's young entrepreneurs

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The shortlist for the Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards highlights the bright young talent across the borough.

Interviews and presentations have taken place with the shortlisted companies and the winner of the Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015 will be announced next week.

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.

The shortlist:

Richard Codd - Team Katalyst
Team Katalyst offers a variety of coaching, educational and recreational products from their spacious new base, The Team Katalyst Performance Centre on Barbot Hall Industrial Estate. A wide range of activities from parkour and freerunning to dance, martial arts and cheerleading. Richard's background of working with young people led him to develop Team Katalyst as a way to offer programmes to schools and other institutions which would help engage pupils in learning environments. He believes their programmes and activities can become an effective tool for change.

Adam Tinsley - F1 Showcars
F1 Showcars specialises in building, hiring and selling motorsport simulators and games. Converting F1 cars and racing bikes into stunning simulators has led to Tesco Mobile and Tissot Watches becoming customers, whilst added extras such as F1 merchandise and an F1 wheel change challenge game have created a really special offer to motorsport enthusiasts. Adam has developed strong relationships with local engineering and graphics companies and is currently working hard to develop a motion F1 monocoque type simulator.

Jack Barton - The Screening Project
Set up by film graduate Jack, The Screening Project creates original and cutting edge digital media for businesses and charities around the country, mainly focussing on live action video and motion graphics to create powerful promotional content. He has recently completed a promotional film for triathlon organisation Ironman EMEA and plans to target the growing media community surrounding Salford Media City to bid for work on larger projects.

Cade Darwin - Simple Office Supplies Ltd
Cade's business provides a one-stop-shop for customers across South Yorkshire. They offer a free next day delivery service on over 20,000 products, ranging from paperclips to 3D printers and almost everything in between. Competing against giants like Lyreco, Viking and Office Depot they have managed to grow the business quickly by getting to know their customers and providing great service.

Joseph Hayter - Inertia Computers
Building bespoke PCs for gamers as well as home and business users, Inertia also offers a wide range of peripherals through their website. Acquiring ASUS Gold and INTEL Gold Partner status enables Joe to give his customers high quality products and service and this has helped him establish the business in his first year of trading.

Lewis Houghton - Lewbot Art
As a freelance Illustrator Lewis works mostly with self-published writers of all types who publish on kindle and other digital platforms, helping them bring their thoughts and ideas to life through creative character design. He has worked with several writers including a bestselling children's author and his illustrations can be seen in a number of books available through Amazon.

Jack Norman - Pie Eyed
Jack prides himself on serving proper Pie & Mash at events and festivals up and down the country. Mouth-watering combinations such as Beef Brisket, Black Sheep Ale & Chorizo Jam and Chicken, White Wine & Tarragon are made at their kitchen base with quality, locally sourced ingredients and, to top it off, they are all served from a beautifully converted horse box.

Rebecca Coupe - Infinity Digital
Rebecca's mission is to help entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and SMEs make the most of their marketing budgets by offering a range of services such as social media management and search engine optimisation. She has customers throughout South and West Yorkshire, operating across a wide variety of sectors including retail, commercial property, business services, food and drink and engineering and is in the process of developing a range of online courses to help people make the most of their digital marketing efforts.

Alicia Favell - Favell Recruitment
Providing temporary and permanent staff to the education and construction industry, Favell Recruitment also offer free advice to candidates on interview techniques and preparing CV's. Working with schools and children's centres across South Yorkshire and construction companies throughout the Midlands and North of England, demand for their service is constantly growing and they are now in the process of recruiting to two new staff members.

Alexandra Hans - The Corner Space
The Corner Space at Parkgate is a fully equipped creative studio and room hire facility catering for meeting room and party space hire, as well as offering a professional environment suitable for anything from running fitness or music tuition classes to acting as a base for practitioners such as beauticians or hypnotherapists. The growing Alexandra Hans Vocal Academy is also based at there and a range of opportunities for pupils to be involved in shows and events, as well as being able to take exams through The London College of Music.

Jessica Long - J L Dance Academy
From her own studio base in Masbrough, Jessica offers a wide range of classes from Monday to Saturday for all ages to enjoy. Everything from baby ballet and street dance right through to zumba and pilates is catered for and some classes now have waiting lists due to their popularity, encouraging Jessica to think about further expansion.

Category winners and the overall Young Entrepreneur of the Year will be announced at the LEAF event at Magna on November 16.

Rotherham Youth Enterprise website

Images: RYE

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