October 2013, Brighton, Sussex:
£50,000 prize fund available for young entrepreneurs in Brighton & Hove
by Lorraine Nugent, of Sussex Marketing Agency Media Word Waves
Young Start-up Talent, an entrepreneurial initiative aimed at inspiring 16-25 year olds into the world of business launched for a second year at Brighton&HoveJobs.com County Cricket Ground on Tuesday 1st October.
Some 40 local business leaders, heads of local sixth forms, college and university representatives met to celebrate the launch of the ever growing and popular entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent. The project attracts some 30 local and national sponsors and carries a prize fund worth £50,000 worth of products and services all donated by the judges and sponsors. To find out how to enter visit: www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk.
Launch of Young Start-up Talent Brighton Region 2014
Mike Weatherley MP for Hove commented “Young Start-up Talent is an excellent initiative that with its proven track record is clearly inspiring budding entrepreneurs. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, which is why new innovations are so important in rebuilding our economy. I wish everyone luck for this year’s competition. Special congratulations must go to both Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner for their dedication in organising the laudable project.”
Anya Krasnikova one of last years’ finalists added “Taking part in the Young Start-up Talent helped me realise what I needed to have in order to run a business. Since the competition I have been working on developing those areas. I now have a better understanding of what I want and this has given me more confidence to approach more people.”
New to the judging panel this year is Mike Holland - One of Mike’s notable successes was landing a major government housing project with a monthly turnover in excess of 3 million pounds. Recent projects include the restoration of Stanmer House. He is currently creating the World of Engineering in Hove which is set to become one of the region’s major tourism attractions.
Mike will be working closely alongside the other judges, John Keenan - Business Editor of the Argus, Dean Orgill – Chairman of Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors, Stephen Mason, Director of Mason International and entrepreneur, a senior representative from Brighton University and founding partners of Young Start-up Talent, Matt Turner and Lorraine Nugent. Dean Orgill said “Having been involved in last years’ competition, it demonstrated a wealth of talent in the area, which I hope will be encouraged this year and that they take advantage of the package of assistance the prize provides.”
Speakers Mike Holland, and Itziar Leighton
It was announced that the showcase event and winner announcement for 2014 to 300 guests will once again be at held at Brighton Racecourse with staging from Avensys AV on 22nd April 2014.
Speakers at the event included Mike Holland who shared his entrepreneurial journey with the audience and the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility of organisations in the changing world of business today.
Itziar Leighton – Director of Enterprise and Commercial at City College Brighton spoke about her involvement in the project last year and went on to explain how entrepreneurial skills in young people are key for employers to embrace as entrepreneurs have the vision, passion and enthusiasm to take a business to the next level. Itziar further added “I am really excited to be working with Young Start-up Talent again, having seen the development of our students last year. Bring it on!”
Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen and winner of the Gatwick Diamond region commented on how far he has come in just six months. “It’s a great opportunity for any young person who wants to start a business, even if you just have an idea, come and speak to them, they are some of the best business minds in the area. Sam’s Kitchen has even supplied lots of them; even if you don’t win you get loads of great contacts. I would like to wish everyone the best of luck in the competition this year.’
Andrew Hookway of extech and who donate to the prize fund, a laptop and IT support for 12 months to the winner in each area of the Young Start-up Talent said “We are proud to have been supporters of Young Start-up Talent since its inception. We have been impressed by the quality of the business ideas and how previous winners have begun to develop their businesses. Today’s young entrepreneurs are tomorrow’s future.”
Max Robinson of MCR Print who provides print to the winner’s prize package added “Being involved with Young Start-up Talent is really worthwhile and it’s great for young entrepreneurs to be given such a great opportunity”. Laura Murphy of MTC2 further commented “It was exciting to see the range of wonderful ideas that were brought to the competition last year. I am looking forward to finding out what the young people will bring to the table this year”.
Speakers Lorraine Nugent of Media Word Waves, and Matt Turner of Creative Pod
For more information use the following links Young Start-up Talent
The judges and sponsors for Young Start-up Talent Brighton 2014 :
Avensys Ltd, an Audio Visual Company with offices in Crawley, Copthorne and Horley. Avensys has divisions supplying Professional AV Sales & Installation, Hire, Events & Exhibition services as well as a retail store supplying consumer Audio Visual products.
The Argus, Your Business is the weekly specialist business supplement providing a focus and reflecting on Brighton, Hove and Sussex business matters.
Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce, the voice of Brighton & Hove’s City business people, and it’s a voice that really helps its members build successful businesses.
Brighton and Hove City Council is committed to making sure that all children and young people in the city have the best possible start in life, so that everyone has the opportunity to fulfill their potential, whatever that might be, and to be happy, healthy and safe.
BrightonandHovejobs.com, a job board created for Brighton and Hove. By working with the best employers and training providers, we not only advertise the region’s best jobs but we also work pro-actively to create local jobs for local people.
City College, Situated in the heart of Brighton and graded ‘Outstanding’ in key areas by Ofsted in its June 2011 report, City College Brighton and Hove is an international centre of vocational excellence and one of the top performing Further Education Colleges in the country.
Creative Pod, A Sussex based award winning design agency. Creative Pod works with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and one man bands to SMEs and global blue chips.
Department Of Business Innovation and Skills, BIS is working together for growth and investing in skills to make markets more dynamic with lower regulation, and by promoting trade to boost innovation and help support people looking to start and grow a business.
extech , an award winning Managed IT solutions, support, product and advice specialist passionate about providing comprehensive IT services and solutions to entrepreneurial start ups, small and medium sized businesses.
Gatwick Airport, is the busiest single-runway airport in the world and is currently undergoing a £1bn transformation. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for around 33 million passengers a year.
Heart FM, The leading radio station throughout Susses and Surrey. Heart FM is proud to support its local community.
Let’s Do Business Group , is the leading provider of business advice for budding entrepreneurs in the South East. The Group is the Delivery Partner for the Government’s Start Up Loan Scheme for Young People, providing advice, mentoring and access to finance for 18-30 year olds.
Mayo Wynne Baxter, a leading firm of Sussex solicitors, Mayo Wynne Baxter provides a comprehensive and personal service to a broad spectrum of local, national and international clients.
MCR Print, provide quotes for short-run digital printing or longer run litho printing using the most up-to-date environmentally friendly printing methods and materials.
Media Word Waves, a leading PR agency we offer the full range of PR services including creative copy for press releases, advertising campaigns, brochures, newsletters and websites which we deploy through our extensive network of Local and national media contacts.
Mike Weatherley MP. Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade.
mtc2 ltd is a successful Sussex based management consultancy, training and coaching company working across all sectors and all sizes of business. Our Wayfinder Programme provides specialised coaching for business. The founder of mtc2 ltd, Laura Murphy, has a regular business column for a leading regional newspaper group. By identifying improvements and supporting behaviour change mtc2 ltd helps individuals and organisations succeed.
Sussex CCC, the oldest professional cricket club in the country having been founded in 1839.
Sussex Enterprise provide practical business support, HR, training, information and advice to help your business develop, grow and profit. We are the Voice of Business for Sussex.
University of Brighton, committed to supporting enterprise in all its forms. We run our own entrepreneurship network to nurture young talent and support all students, graduates and staff who are interested in developing their enterprise skills and business ideas, and an enterprise awards scheme for seed funding start-up businesses.
Young Enterprise, a not for profit organisation; building a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to succeed through enterprise.