July 2013, Crawley, Sussex:
Successful entrepreneurial initiative launches for a fourth year in the Gatwick Diamond
by Lorraine Nugent, of Sussex & Surrey Marketing Agency Media Word Waves
Young Start-up Talent , an entrepreneurial initiative launched for a fourth year at Broadfield Stadium, Crawley last week.
Some 40 local business leaders, heads of local sixth forms, college and university representatives and the local MP Henry Smith met to celebrate the launch of the ever growing and popular entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent. The project attracts some 35 local and national sponsors whose aims are to encourage and inspire 16-25 year olds to set up a business. The initiative 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 Gatwick Region 2014
New to the judging panel this year is Daryl Gaylor – Managing Director for the South East of RBS Banking Group. Daryl has worked in banking for over 25 years and heads up the Corporate lending business in the South East for RBS. Daryl is also a Board Member of Coast to Capital, the local enterprise partnership which mirrors his role at RBS in terms of its focus on supporting the growth and development of the local business community.
Peter Hitchcock will also be joining the judging panel. Peter is Vice President for the UK within Thales’ Global Avionics Business and a member of the Thales UK Management Board. Peter has general management responsibility for the Flight Avionics and Training & Simulation businesses located in the UK and around 800 employees, supplying customers worldwide. He also leads Thales’ Crawley site, which employs around 2500 staff working across three global businesses.
In the Gatwick Diamond region Daryl and Peter will be working closely alongside the other judges who have all been on the panel previously. Jane McGill – HR Business Partner for British Airways, Matthew Tyson - Director at Richard Place Dobson Accountants, Dean Orgill – Chairman of Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors, Gary Shipton – Editor in Chief of Sussex News Papers and founding partners of Young Start-up Talent, Matt Turner and Lorraine Nugent also Director of Creative Pod and Media Word Waves.
It was announced that the showcase event and winner announcement for 2014 to 350 guests will once again be at held at Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club on 27 February 2014.
Speakers at the event included Jane McGill – HR Business Partner of British Airways who shared her experience of being a judge for the last two years and how she had recently placed orders for a considerable number of gingerbread men from the 2013 winner, Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen and also had her windows successfully decorated by Alessandro Tricarico of Clear Windows who was a finalists in the 2013 project.
Speakers Jane McGill of British Airways, and Tom Rawlinson of Marks and Spencer
Tom Rawlinson a Commercial Manager for Marks & Spencer’s flagship store in Marble Arch, gave an inspirational speech to the audience of his career path at M&S. Despite leaving school with few qualifications Tom managed to bag a place on the management training team of M&S who found he loved and excelled at the job, seeing promotion year on year with the successful retailers to his current role of Commercial Manager at Marble Arch in London and is still only 25 years old. Tom told the audience of how M&S looks to invest in young people which is why he is working with the Young Start-up Talent team.
Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen also spoke at the event of how far he has come in just four months since winning the prize fund and how it has helped him to push his business forward. Sam regularly supplies his gingerbread men to Tulleys Farm, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Bluebell Railway, several charities such as Children Golden Lions and Chestnut Tree House. Sam even supplied trendy gingerbread men to an event at Brighton’s Sealife Centre for Brighton’s Next Top Model. Sam also encouraged the audience to vote for him in the Sussex Food & Drink Awards as he has made it to the final, visit http://www.sams-kitchen.co.uk/ to find out more.
Speakers Ewan Dunlop of Crawley Town Football Club, and Sam French of Sam's Kitchen (2013 Winner)
Sam gave special thanks to the sponsors and judges that have helped him particularly to Dean Orgill and Matthew Tyson who have both provided invaluable expertise with legal and financial aspects of Sam’s Kitchen.
Both Matt Turner and Lorraine Nugent spoke at the event of plans for future growth of the project in other areas as just last year launched in both Brighton and in West Kent and plan to expand further in 2014. The pair spoke about those that take part and become finalists of the project as not only about the winners but others have received work experience with some leading to full-time permanent positions with the judges and sponsors.
Young Start-Up Talent founders 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 for Young Start-up Talent Gatwick 2014 :
British Airways the UK’s largest international scheduled airline. We fly our customers at convenient times to the best located airports across the world.
Creative Pod, A Sussex based award winning design agency. Creative Pod works with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and one man bands to SME’s and global blue chips.
Mayo Wynne Baxter As 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. Specialising in all aspects of the business law and personal legal services as well as offering tailored legal advice to core industry sectors throughout the UK.
Media Word Waves, As 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.
RBS Bank is one of the leading UK banks with its support for the local business community and young entrepreneurial talent. For every great business to today there was once a ‘young start up talent’ and RBS are very proud to be supporting this event.
Thales UK a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing Aerospace and Space, Defence and Security markets worldwide.
West Sussex County Times the leading quality broadsheet local newspaper in the Gatwick Diamond, with three editions covering Horsham, Crawley and the South Downs, Community is at the heart of its offering.
The sponsors and supporters for Young Start-up Talent Gatwick 2014 :
Avensys an Audio Visual Company with offices in Crawley, Copthorne and Horley. Avensys has divisions supplying Professional AV sales & Installation, Hire, Event & Exhibition Services as well as a retail store supplying consumer Audio Visual products.
Basepoint Business Centre a modern business centre at the heart of the Gatwick Diamond providing high quality offices and workshops for small to medium business to let on easy-out-terms.
Central Sussex College is committed to supporting aspiration and achievement amongst young people in the area, and equipping them with the skills they need to be successful in the future work force.
Chichester College are proud to sponsor Young Start up Talent. We offer a hugely diverse and successful apprenticeship programme, including Business Management and Innovation at level 5, Peter Jones Academy and Passport to Enterprise, ensuring we provide a talent pool for tomorrow, to help businesses in the South East.
Crawley Borough Council Crawley Borough Council is committed to providing quality service and supporting the growth of a prosperous and confident community.
Crawley Chamber of Commerce an organisation that focuses on the promotion of business within Crawley & Gatwick area.
Crawley Observer a thriving upbeat campaigning tabloid newspaper that puts the local community at the very heart of the town’s news agenda. A busy red-top that fights to represent the people of Crawley.
Crawley Town FC are proud to be at the heart of the local community. We have excellent venue facilities as well as a very exciting football team.
Department of Business Innovation and Skills BIS is working together for growth and investigating 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.
FastSigns your leading local sign company supplying all your sign requirements. We have been part of Crawley life for over 15 years working closely with the whole community.
Federation of Small Businesses the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interest of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.
Future Proof Consulting Solutions A not-for-profit company helping businesses and organisations get the most from a strong approach to sustainability & CSR. We build lasting partnerships between businesses and their communities for the good of both.
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.
Gatwick Diamond The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is a successful collaborative business led public/private sector partnership, which facilitates, coordinates and leads the actions necessary to create the right environment for business growth in the area.
Gatwick Diamond Business Association is the leading voice for business and commerce in Sussex and Surrey. We provide a united voice for business to influence local and central government issues.
GatwickDiamondJobs.com We are a job board created for the Gatwick Diamond! 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.
Heart FM The leading radio station throughout Sussex and Surrey. Heart FM is proud to support its local community.
Henry Smith MP Member of Parliament for Crawley
Horsham District Council promotes pro-business policies to enable its living-working communities of all ages to benefit from economic success and full employment. Horsham District Council is delighted to sponsor Young Start Up Talent.
Lets do Business 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.
Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club is located in 450 acres of picturesque Surrey parkland. As well as the racecourse, we boast a 4* Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club and an 18-hole championship golf course.
Marks and Spencer Our heritage of innovation helps us lead the way with first-to-market products across food, fashion and homeware. We are the UK's leading clothing retailer and offer high-quality food, with a focus on freshness, convenience and speciality.
McDonalds are a locally owned & operated Franchise of 7 McDonald’s Restaurants within the Crawley & Horsham area. We employ 400 wonderful local people who are fully committed to their customers & communities.
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.
Mid Sussex Times known as The Middy, serves the people of Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and surrounding parishes, with a strong community focus, holding its politicians, police, and leaders to account.
NVision Coaching a Sussex based Executive Coaching Organisation run by Dorothy Larios who is one of the most influential Executive Coaches in the UK Coaching Profession. Dorothy works with a team of carefully selected Associated Coaches who have rich experience in all business sectors and pioneer new leadership skills.
See That Video Production offers video agency services, digital video production and editing from Brighton to London and beyond. Our core production team includes experienced cameramen and editors that have worked with the BBC and earned distinctions at The New York Film Academy. Although young and creative, we boast over 50 years of high quality production experience.
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.
Start Up Loans A government funded scheme to provide loans and mentors for entrepreneurs.
University of Brighton is 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.