Sussex Business Times - Issue 403 2016

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Entrepreneurial Spark

Care Training, aiming to help young The first award presented was the people with emotional or circumstantial GoDo Award, which presented 3 issues to overcome. businesses with a prize of £3,000. This The Acceler-8 Award was given to award highlighted 3 chiclets who had the business that had made the most shown the most initiative throughout the significant progress over the past program, taken action where possible 3-6 months; one that had seen an and necessary and showed a willingness exponential growth to be challenged. The in sales and user worthy winners were announced out of 6 “The Entrepreneuring numbers; had secured funding; and had nominees: Control Awards are a great developed personally Freq, Nourish, and opportunity to and in the business Shuttle. The nominees Shuttle, an reflect on everything world. were 5 Squirrels, integrated our Chiclets have Iberica Delights and management system OMGTea Ltd, with startup run by David achieved over the Founder of OMGTea, Williams since past six months, and Katherine Swift taking October 2015, were the prize of £7,000 for on of the big winners celebrate how far her business. for the evening, also Last but certainly picking up the Chilcet they’ve progressed” not least was the Choice Award with a Entrepreneur of the Moment Award. prize of £1,000. Awarded to ‘a business and entrepreneur Next up was the pitching competition, who has built a sustainable new product which saw chiclets come up to the front or service that has global potential in and pitch their business. Although each the sector they operate within’, this put in their all, and were thoroughly was certainly the most special award impressive, there had to be 3 winners, of the night, aiming to recognise the which were: Brighton Ceilidh Collective, sheer determination, dedication and a lively ceilidh band and host company opportunity-hungry attitude of the winning headed up by Louise Wells (also a lively chiclet and their business growth. and extremely passionate character); The fantastic prize of £10,000 was OMGTea, a Matcha Green Tea, health awarded to a business which the food and education company; and Social


Entrepreneurial Spark team described as having grown exponentially over the past year; quadrupling sales, redesigning their website, taking on 4 more members of staff and beginning their exporting journey. Bare Biology took the gaundlet – a huge achievement for Founder and CEO, Melanie Lawson, who has featured in previous editions of SBT, namely in the Entrepreneur’s Roundtable hosted in May of this year alongside NatWest. Unfortunately, Melanie couldn’t attend the evening but the pride of winning was nonetheless rife with other members of the program, the Entrepreneurial Spark team and a Bare Biology colleague who took the prize on Melanie’s behalf. We then had a closing speech from Entrepreneurial Spark co-founder and CEO, Lucy-Rose Walker, who commented: “The Entrepreneuring Awards are a great opportunity to reflect on everything our Chiclets have achieved over the past six months, and celebrate how far they’ve progressed. Our Brighton entrepreneurs have accomplished some amazing feats in recent months, from raising substantial investment to creating jobs, disrupting the market, and creating a positive impact on the UK economy, and I would like to say a massive well done to them all!” Fiona Anderson, Entrepreneurial Spark’s very own Development Manager, gave a heartfelt speech on the success of the businesses involved, and what a pleasure it was for NatWest to be involved in such a programme. She highlighted some particular successes and impressive statistics from over the past year, including the £1.4 million investment that the bank has put into Entrepreneurial Spark businesses, the 100 + jobs that have been created in Brighton alone, the 140 businesses that have been set up and the £90,000 worth of prize money that has been given out to chiclets after the awards evening. Fiona covered some highs in the year, including the success of entrepreneur, Aadam Patel, the growth of 1V1 Football (run by chiclet, Richard Philp), and the two awards that Entrepreneurial Spark have won in London. They were also named Business Enabler of the Year at the most recent Manchester Business Awards and have grown to be the largest supporter of SMEs in the UK. A huge congratulations to all winners from us and all the best for the future!