Tuesday, October 11, 2016

News: Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016

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Rotherham Youth Enterprise (RYE) has launched the annual Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in association with UK Steel Enterprise.

RYE encourages young people (up to the age of 30) to explore business ideas and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be their own boss. Supported by Rotherham Council, office and workshop space is also made available in Rotherham business centres on reduced rates.

The awards, now in their eleventh year, cover all sectors and aim to celebrate and promote the best businesses run by 18-30 year olds in Rotherham that have been up and running for at least six months.

Categories include Best New Start-Up, Business Most Determined to Succeed, Best Established Business, Most Innovative Business, and Best Customer Service; with one winner also going on to be crowned Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016.

Winners will win a £500 boost to help further their business, with an additional cash prize of £1,000 also awarded to the overarching winner.

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Darren McDool, business coach at RYE, said: "This is a really important event in the Rotherham Youth Enterprise calendar because it gives us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of all of the fantastic, ambitious, innovative businesses established in the region that are run by young people.

"Previous winners have really benefited from being associated with the competition, and in our eleventh year of hosting the awards it would be fantastic to see yet more Rotherham-based enterprises reaping those rewards."

Jessica Long, the founder of J L Dance Academy was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015, having also won the Best New Start Up category last year.

In addition to the cash boost she was presented with a special trophy and a year's free membership to Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber in recognition of her achievements at the event.

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Keith Williams, regional manager at UK Steel Enterprise (pictured with last year's winner), said: "We are delighted to be involved once again in sponsoring and supporting with the judging of the awards.

"This annual event serves to recognise the breadth of talent and the overwhelming amount of innovation that is based right here in Rotherham, and we are always impressed by the calibre of the entries and the entrepreneurial spirit of so many young people."

Entries for the awards will close on October 17 2016 and entry forms are available by contacting Rotherham Youth Enterprise online and completing the enquiry form; alternatively visit the Facebook page for further information, or contact Darren McDool on 0114 2695053.

RYE website
UK Steel Enterprise website

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