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National Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 finalists!

We are thrilled to announce that we have chosen the six finalists to compete for this year’s National Entrepreneur of the Year title.

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students selected to pitch to Peter Jones CBE and an esteemed panel of fellow judges in a Dragons’ Den-style day on 14th June are listed below in alphabetical order. The winning student stands a chance of winning £5,000 investment into their business. 

In order to get to the final, each student had to submit detailed business and financial plans outlining their ideas, their progress so far and their plans for the future. 

Last week the finalists were invited for a practice pitch session at the Peter Jones Foundation HQ in London as a rehearsal ahead of the big day. On the panel was Jane Braithwaite, Founder and Managing Director of Designated PA; Hugh Liddane, Relationship Director at Lloyds Bank; and Graeme Tidd, Head of FE Programme at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. 

Jane said; “Each candidate was really inspiring, they all had different ideas and I definitely wouldn’t want to be the one to have to choose the winner as it would be incredibly hard. I’m completely inspired by how strong each business and student was and I hope they go away from today ready to fine tune things ready for the big day!”

Hugh said; “I was really surprised at how well thought through the ideas are and how talented, confident and inspiring each individual is. The panel all agreed that there’s no way that at their age any of us would have been capable. We’re here to get the best out of them today so hopefully they’ve grown and learnt a little bit. It’s going to be a big task for the judges to pick a winner!”

We would like to stress just how impressed we were with the quality of submissions and choosing the final six was a tough decision. Thank you to everybody that applied and congratulations to all the finalists. Good luck!

Alice Greenaway-Mintoft: Dudley College
Business name: BC Wondermind

BC Wondermind is a social enterprise set up for people who have anxiety or depression and for those affected by it. It is a network where people have someone to talk to and it can benefit the community with events such as coffee mornings and talks at schools, colleges and universities. BC Wondermind aims to raise greater awareness of anxiety and depression. Possibly saving a life. 

Amelia-Jayne Chapman: East Durham College
Business name: Scribble

Scribble is a business where you can let your imagination flow wild, and enjoy the creative, yet personal atmosphere we create at your children’s parties. The parties involve drawing tutorials and each drawing created will be printed on to numerous products at an extra charge, for example, cups, t-shirts and keyrings, so that children come away from the party with their own individual creations. 

George Fox: Chelmsford College 
Business name: Ezi Dig 

Ezi Dig has designed a modified garden fork with a plate by the prongs to make it easier to push the prongs into the ground. This has been specifically designed to aid all people who have lower back and foot problems with prolonged use of a normal fork.

Henry Matthews: Amersham and Wycombe College
Business name: Re-Skate Jewellery

Re-Skate Jewellery is about recycling old, broken and worn down skateboards and bearings into new and vibrant skateboard accessories and memorabilia. The business has an aim to reduce the number of skateboards thrown away every year and recycle them into a more exciting piece of jewellery that is handmade and environmentally friendly. 

Jack Brookes: Dudley College
Business name: Swiftshot Airborne Services

SwiftShot Airborne Services is a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) based company that offers bespoke services in aerial photography, videography, surveying, inspection and security in a high demand market, using professional drones. The business ensures that innovation, dedication and exploration occurs throughout our operating time.

Tylfe Charles: Westminster Kingsway College
Business name: Civil Cycles

Civil Cycles is a business which repurposes abandoned bicycles to put together new bikes based on the customer’s specification. Customers will be able to choose colour, size, material, wording and part type, creating a unique bike tailored to their specifications and style.