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The winner of the Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 is set to be announced today. Rothbiz looks at some of the previous winners and their enterprise journeys.

Now in its tenth year, the awards cover all sectors and look to recognise the achievements of business owners under the age of 30. 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.

Last year's winner was Sam Goddard of Response Vehicle Lighting, having first impressed the judges to win the Best Established Business category. Sam turned his hobby into a profession and visited business coaches at Rotherham Youth Enterprise (RYE) for some valuable advice and to discuss the way forward.

The business supplies commercial and emergency vehicle products and since Sam won the title in 2014, he has moved into new, more spacious premises and has taken on his first employee.

Sam Goddard of Response Vehicle Lighting (pictured, left), said of his awards experience: "Winning gave me the confidence and belief to take my business to the next level."

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Also expanding is Props Skate Store in Rotherham town centre, whose owner Tom Jones was named as the Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012.

The skater owned skateboard store has been building up a cult following since opening at the end of 2011. Set to move into new premises in the Imperial Buildings, Props will continue to be the focal point for the skate community in Rotherham.

Rotherham's Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2009 was Chris Wright who launched his own company in 2006 after becoming interested in IT while studying for his GCSEs.

IT Desk (UK) has continued to expand and grow into a multi-award winning company. Now based in Goldthorpe in Barnsley, IT Desk has a pro-active approach to IT support and offers IT management and support to small and large businesses.

Last year it doubled staff numbers having gained a strong foothold in the precision engineering sector. Chris plans to move the company to larger premises in 2016.

RYE website
Response Vehicle Lighting website
Props Facebook page
IT Desk (UK) website

Images: RYE

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