Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Deadline looms for

There are just a few weeks left to enter our nationwide search to find the young business brains of the future - and competition is hotting up.

The Daily Mail"s Enterprising Young Brits awards, launched last month, have caught the imagination of 13 to 30-year-old would-be tycoons and inventors across the UK.

Among the hundreds of young people approaching us about the competition is a man who set up his own bus and coach company at just 17, a cartoonist with a global client base and a woman who has set up her own animal hospital in Liverpool.

Jewellery designer Nicole Shields in her workshop in Middlesbrough.

The award is designed to encourage young entrepreneurs like Nicole Shields, who launched her own company designing and making jewellery

Along with the high number of entries, Enterprising Young Brits alsoboasts a diverse list of business ventures each year, showing just howentrepreneurial young people in the UK are.

And in return for their hard work, business ideas anddedication, the Daily Mail rewards winners with some invaluable prizes.The media coverage can catapult your venture onto great things and boost your confidence as a young person starting out in business.

You will also be invited to an awards ceremony in London attended by Peter Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business.

Not only that, but you"ll join an exclusive community oflikeminded young entrepreneurs who have won the competition in the pastand are happy to share their tips and experiences.

Many now have multi-million-pound turnovers and operations across the world.

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Add in a cheque for 1,000 and a trophy, and it"s not hard tosee why the awards are so competitive and entries of such a highstandard. We keep a close eye on our previous winners as they rise upthe ranks in terms of turnover and success.

Adam Duffy won the creative section of Enterprising YoungBrits last year with his Looks Can Kill bespoke footwear range. Adam,26, says: "The creative industries are very competitive, and in theearly days of starting a business you can sometimes feel as though theodds are stacked against you.

"Winning an Enterprising Young Brits award therefore came as a welcome boost and really helped me to develop my business. In particular, the competitionincreased my credibility which helped in my dealings withinternationally renowned brands including Converse, Vans and Ethletic.All these brands are now part of my newly launched Sole Creatorfootwear site."

Enterprise UK is running the competition and is supported bythe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. And added to thesepowerhouses is the Institute of Directors, which sponsors the event.Entries are already flooding in from around the country.

Enterprise UK is a business-led, government-backed organisationwhich gives people the skills, confidence and ambition to beenterprising.

How to enter

The Daily Mail"s Enterprising Young Brits awards are open toanyone aged 13 to 30. You can enter yourself - or on behalf of afriend, colleague or relative - in up to two categories. You can enteronline at www.enterpriseuk.org/ youngbrits. Alternatively, you canobtain an application form by writing to: Enterprising Young Brits,Enterprise UK, 172 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5QR.

Entries must be received by close of play on March 5. The full list of categories is:

New startup.

Social, ethical or environmental.

Teen.

Creative.

Open category.