Thursday, November 17, 2016

News: Pretty good day for young entrepreneur Chloe

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Chloe Pretty of Pretty Suds Ltd has been named as the overall winner in the Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016, on the same day she was awarded her marketing degree.

Part of the Rotherham Youth Enterprise (RYE) Project, the annual awards are held in association with UK Steel Enterprise and 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.

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 were announced the recent LEAF careers event at Magna.

Having already been successful in the best new start-up category, an emotional Chloe was close to tears as her name was announced as the overall winner by Allan Wood from UK Steel Enterprise, principal sponsors of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Chloe then had to head straight off to attend her graduation ceremony at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Pretty Suds began in 2014, with the former Thomas Rotherham College student producing handmade soaps from home as an alternative to supermarket-bought soap. Selling online and at markets and fairs the enterprise found success with its products "created to make people smile."

The business has recently moved into its own premises having outgrown the kitchen table. The success is down in no small part to marketing graduate Chloe creating special products inspired by the global phenomenon of Pokemon.

The company continues to be very busy, crafting and packing exciting new Christmas lines and has recently begun signing up sales representatives to join the expanding team.

Also at the awards, the Best Established Business Category sponsored by RYE was won by Abbey Clayton who's business is Abbey Clayton Make-up Artist.

In the New Start category, sponsored by Willmott Dixon and won by Chloe, Danny Davies of IT support specialists, IT Assist was commended.

Paige Bennett of retail business, Mysticum Luna was successful in the Most Innovative Business category sponsored by AESSEAL. Luke Wade and Lee Feltham of Lightning Box Ltd were commended in this category.

The award for the Business Most Determined to Succeed, sponsored by Rotherham College, was won by Amy Walker from Ye Old Yorkshire Preserve Shoppe with Joe Barber of Comfort Zone PHS and Elizabeth Harwood of Two for Joy Introductions Ltd both commended.

In the award for Best Customer Service, sponsored by Parkgate Shopping, Adam Price from Laughton shop, Dynomodels was the winner with Annmarie Cox of Reloved and Revived at Thurcroft commended.

Details on all the finalists can be found here.

Category winners secured a £500 boost to help further their business, with an additional cash prize of £1,000 also awarded to Pretty Suds as the overarching winner.

Jackie Frost from Rotherham Youth Enterprise gave thanks to the Young Entrepreneurs for being brave enough to start their own business and to enter the competition and added: "The standard of entry has been really pleasing again this year and we expect to see a number of the finalists battling it out with another crop of new businesses in 2017."

Pretty Suds website
RYE website

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