Thursday, November 17, 2016

News: Rotherham's Young Entrepreneurs of the Year 2016

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Rothbiz takes a look at the finalists in the Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016 - the awards that recognise the achievements of the borough's brightest young businesses.

Now in their eleventh year, the awards are organised with the support of principal sponsor – UK Steel Enterprise. Category sponsors are AESSEAL, Parkgate Shopping, Rotherham College and Willmott Dixon, and all acted as judges and supported with the promotion and organisation of the awards.

The finalists:

Abbey Clayton of Abbey Clayton Make-up Artist
Providing special occasion and event make-up services, Abbey has made great progress in developing her portfolio of corporate work for clients such as Channel 5 and Liverpool Fashion Week, where she was Assistant Head Make-up Artist.

Adam Price of Dynomodels
At just 19 years of age Adam opened his Dynomodels store in Laughton Common in September 2015, turning his life-long passion into a business. He offers his customers a range of hobby-grade remote control models and spares and backs this up with a great level of knowledge and enthusiasm.

Amy Walker of Ye Old Yorkshire Preserve Shoppe
Having battled with dyslexia and dyscalculia throughout her school and working life, Amy made the decision to start this business to take control of her own destiny. She now offers a huge range of chutneys, jams and marmalades under her traditional Yorkshire branding.

Annmarie Cox of Reloved and Revived
This family run business specialises in vintage painted furniture in the French shabby style using high-end quality paints. With a shop at Thurcroft, most of their finds are vintage, one offs sourced from all over the country.

Chloe Pretty of Pretty Suds Ltd
Handmade products created to make you smile. Having started manufacturing soaps in the kitchen and packaging in the spare room, Chloe recently moved into business premises due to a rapid growth in sales. It will allow her to continue building on the success of her branding concept over the past few months.

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Danny Davies of IT Assist
Branded as "the superheroes of the IT world," this Denaby-based business specialises in providing refreshingly simple and straightforward IT support to enable the smooth running of their client's business.

Elizabeth Harwood of Two for Joy Introductions Ltd
Offering a safer alternative to online dating, this dating agency personally vets and checks the ID and credibility of all of its members to give peace of mind. Based at Century Business Centre in Manvers, the agency considers personal safety as its top priority and offers a chaperone service at no extra cost.

Joe Barber of Comfort Zone PHS
Based in Goldthorpe but offering nationwide coverage, Joe carries out all minor and major plumbing and heating works at affordable prices, from boiler swaps and upgrades and full central heating systems, to the design and installation of standard bathrooms and wet rooms.

Luke Wade and Lee Feltham of Lightning Box Ltd
The innovative pair have developed a holographic stage show which will be touring in theatres in 2017. The enterprise, which is based at RYE's centre in Treeton, has the mission to craft immersive, magical, and awe-inspiring experiences using original cast footage, live music, visual and audio sound effects.

Paige Bennett of Mysticum Luna
Starting as an online business, Paige opened her first shop in Rotherham town centre earlier this year offering a range of products from jewellery and clothing to candles and pillows. The popular brand has over 50,000 Instagram followers.

Find out who won the Young Entrepreneurs of Year title here.

RYE website

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