February 2016, Chichester:
Palace sets scene for Young Start-up Talent Chichester Launch
by Sussex PR Agency Media Word Waves
February has kicked off with a bang as the entrepreneurial initiative for 16-25 year olds in business, Young Start-up Talent, has launched its first year in Chichester.
Councillor Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council, says: “This is great news for young people across Chichester District. Young Start-Up Talent is such a worthwhile project and I am really pleased that it is expanding its work here in our district. It has already helped inspire many young people to develop their skills and set up their own businesses – I would urge young people across the area to find out more and see how it could change their life.”
Judges and Sponsors gather at Chichester Palace
Reverend Stephen Ferns
The launch took place in the charming grounds of the Bishops Palace in the Sherborne Room, famous for its beautifully painted ceiling. We heard from an array of inspirational speakers including: Revd Stephen Ferns of The Bishops Palace, Gary Shipton of Chichester Observer series, Stephanie Kane of STUDIO 14 and Cllr Eileen Lintill of Chichester District Council who told the room “We want to encourage students to stay in our district and create their own businesses.” The councillor went on to say “I already feel very inspired from what I’ve heard today.”
Councillor Eileen Lintill of Chichester District Council
The project has been running successfully across several other regions for the past six years and with the help of a grant from Chichester District Council and sponsorship from NatWest, Chichester Chamber of Commerce and the Chichester Observer is expanding into Chichester for 2016. With the region thriving with young people and talent, the initiative are thrilled to becoming a part of the entrepreneurial flair within Chichester.
Multi-award winning and recently listed as No1 teen entrepreneur in the Times and non-executive director of Young Start-up Talent, Ben Towers, featured in a video at the launch said “It’s great to be moving into Chichester where there’s such a diverse mix of people. As we move into different regions we see different types of businesses and schools. By being able to access the students across Chichester we can really promote what YST is all about and demonstrate that everyone can benefit from it even if you do or don’t win the amazing prize fund.”
Past winner from the Croydon region and artist – Stephanie Kane of STUDIO 14, served as a shining example of what the process can achieve. Reflecting on her time with YST, the young talent said “The whole process has been a huge bubble of support.” She said “I look forward to meeting plenty of new talent and other likeminded young entrepreneurs.”
Stephanie Kane of STUDIO 14
Gary Shipton of Chichester Observer, who has been a supporter and previous judge of the initiative for many years said “In my experience, every youngster that participates will find that necessary support and guidance from Young Start-Up Talent. There is something about the initiative that ignites a spark!” He went on to say “I am proud to be a part of this initiative where we can make such a difference.”
Gary Shipton, Editor-In-Chief of Sussex Newspapers
Chris Deans of long time sponsor NatWest Said “Young Entrepreneurs need support. This is an opportunity to receive some superb guidance.”
This year is set to be an exciting one, with local businesses, schools and aspiring young entrepreneurs from the area already becoming involved in the initiative.
To find out more please visit: www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk