June 2014, Tunbridge Wells, Kent:
Eden Tiltman of BALES Care Agency wins £50k prize fund for Young Start-up Talent West Kent 2014
by Lorraine Nugent, of Kent PR and Marketing Agency Media Word Waves
The winner of the £50k Young Start-up talent prize fund for West Kent was announced earlier this week as 19 year old Eden Tiltman with her company BALES Care Agency which provides both care companies and carers with the opportunity to find on the spot ‘supply’ carers or care jobs. The idea of the agency is to give care homes more stability with staff by providing a means to have extra help when needed as well as providing carers with more variety of work.
The evening was held at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells where founding partners of the entrepreneurial initiative, Matt Turner and Lorraine Nugent along with headline sponsors Town & Country Housing Foundation hosted the showcase event which brought together a gathering from the business community, heads of education, previous contestants of the initiative and recent finalists and their families.
Eden said “I have learnt that those who love you and are closest to you will allow you to succeed in the best possible way for you; even if it was not the way they intended for you. My family and friends have supported me through my journey with Young Start-up Talent I could not have won without them, and if it wasn't for Hugh Christie Technology College forcing me to go to the enterprise day I would never have entered. Now that I have won I know that they will all continue to support me, as they always have and always will.”
Eden has walked away with £50,000 worth of business products and services donated from 30 of Brighton’s leading businesses which serves as a fantastic starting point to develop a business.
The judges and finalists
Judge and sponsor – Paul Roe – Partner of Reeves accountancy firm said “Eden had undertaken copious amounts of research, and summarised that into a lucid, convincing business plan. Given her assumptions, and the modest geographical area she will need to service in her business model, it has as good a chance of success as any start up business. That's high praise for one so young."
Jo Ellis of Town & Country Housing Group commented “It is a privaliged experience to be in a position to get to know the individual finalists and to see the transformation that occurs through the judging stages. The young people absorb the support and knowledge of the business mentors and judges who are assessing them. I know that the journey is as important as the end result.
Another judge - Michael Stevens – senior partner of Cripps commented “It has been inspirational to meet such enthusiastic and creative young entrepreneurs throughout the process and wish Eden much success in her venture.
Guest speakers included Jo Ellis – Group Operations Director of Town & Country Housing, George Cook – prolific entrepreneur and founder of many charitable organisations such as Computers for Africa and the Enterprise Foundation, last year’s winner – Mohammad Abusayed of SMT Trading UK shared his business journey over the last 12 months and live interviews with several previous winners of the project took place with Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen, Henry Rogers aged just 16 of Hot Iron and Natalie Evans of 42Juice.
The other finalists and runners up of the initiative were:
Karis Gill – age 18, currently in her second year of sixth form at Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School with her business – Katchspace – an eco-friendly artistic advertising business which offers new and creative ways to advertise organisations in outdoor spaces. Katchspace uses stencils and biodegradable paints that will naturally disappear after six to eight weeks.
Brian Cosham-Elam at age 18 who is currently studying at K-College in Tonbridge has created a business called La Bella Vita. Brian is hoping to transform the beauty industry by combining the three main articles of beauty – hair, spa and make-up.
Rajan Musha age 18 who is a student at Canterbury Christ Church University is developing a business called Stucial, an app which informs students about local events and special offers that are hosted by local businesses. The app will allow the user to be able to compare a variety of events to find the best one to attend on a specific day or week, enabling students to view all events in one place.
The finalists all previously presented to a Dragon’s Den panel of judges which included. The whole process was filmed at K-College and shown at the showcase event at Trinity Theatre to an audience of approx. 200.
Previous participants of Young Start-up Talent have gone onto grow their business from strength to strength with runners up gaining some fantastic contacts to help grow and develop their own businesses.
For more information use the following links Young Start-up Talent
The judges and sponsors for Young Start-up Talent West Kent 2014 :
Town & Country Housing Group have a strong commitment to providing good quality housing, excellent customer service, supporting and developing vibrant communities and combating social exclusion. We provide almost 9,000 affordable homes in 22 local authority areas in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and South London.
Bowles,Outdoor Learning, Outdoor Activities and Experiential Learning with one of the UK’s leading outdoor education charities.Bowles is an inspirational residential development centre in a stunning location on the Sussex-Kent border near Tunbridge Wells. We work with schools, youth and community groups, businesses and families.
Cripps Harries Hall provides a wide range of legal services and has an impressive reputation - locally, nationally and internationally - for both services for individuals and businesses.As recognised business solicitors, we advise many high-profile clients including PLCs, financial institutions, private companies, local and national government and charities. We are also renowned for our leading family law, probate and commercial property work.
The Courier Media Group Courier Media Group, with offices in Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks serves the affluent communities of West Kent and East Sussex. We publish two weekly newspapers - the Kent and Sussex Courier and Sevenoaks Chronicle. Online, courier.co.uk and sevenoakschronicle.co.uk offer the opportunity to browse, search and comment on our news, sport and leisure sections or sign up for a weekly e-edition of the Chronicle or Courier.
K-College, College in Kent with campuses in Ashford, Dover, Folkestone, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. From A-Levels to Apprenticeships and University Courses too; we have the perfect course and campus for you.
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.
West Kent of Chamber of Commerce, the mission of the West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WKCCI) is to make West Kent a better place in which to live, work, do business, visit and to study. WKCCI carries out its mission by providing indispensable services to its members.
Let’s Do Business , 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.
Trinity Theatre, Located in the centre of Tunbridge Wells, Trinity is a vibrant theatre in one of the most beautiful buildings in the region, hosting around 350 events a year, ranging from the best in theatre and dance through to the biggest names in comedy and music.
Avensys Hire and Events , 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.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council providing services to the businesses, residents and visitors of the region including Tunbridge Wells, Benenden, Cranbrook, Brenchley, Horsmonden, Broadwater, Capel, Culverden, Frittenden, Sissinghurst, Goudhurst, Lamberhurst, Hawkhurst, Sandhurst, Paddock Wood, Pantiles, St Mark's, Park, Pembury, Rusthall, St James', St John's, Sherwood, Southborough, High Brooms, Speldhurst and Bidborough.
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.