Start-up Initiative Celebrates Seventh Year in Gatwick Diamond

                                                        Young Start-up Talent Sponsors 2016

                                                      Young Start-up Talent Sponsors 2016

The 20th Of July marked the launch of Young Start-up Talent’s (YST) seventh year in the Gatwick Diamond, held at Crawley Town Football Club. Since its inception, YST has launched across six different regions and has aided the start-up of over 54 businesses. The initiative, which is set to encourage and inspire 16-30 year olds who want to set up their own business, is celebrating another year in the Gatwick Diamond searching for the next entrepreneur to walk away with aprize fund worth upto £50k for their first year of business.

Bhavna Patel of PDT solicitors said “I think it’s a fantastic initiative, it allows young talent the opportunity to contribute and add value. This gives young individuals that just need the opportunity to be listened to, heard and invested in, so I think it’s a great concept”

Sponsors from across the region joined the event to look to the future as well as back on past successes. 2015 winners, Juby Lee Bakes, joined the launch and updated sponsors on their year thus far since winning the initiative and its prize fund.

Since winning YST, Juby Lee Bakes has incorporated the company with as a CIC with the help of both Richard Place Dobson and PDT Solicitors, spoken at and exhibited at local events such as Gatwick Diamond Business, Crawley Chamber of Commerce, Manor Royal events, Plumpton College and QEII School – and have recently arranged for their bakes to be in upscale business hotel, Crowne Plaza, Norwegian Airlines at Gatwick Airport, rtainly not be where we are today if were not for the help of Young Start-up Talent.”

                                                    Simon Tomlinson and Alice King of JubyLee Bakes

                                                  Simon Tomlinson and Alice King of JubyLee Bakes

The room heard from an array of inspiring speakers, who looked back over their time involved in YST and touched on the effects the initiative has had on both its entrepreneurs and the companies involved. Speakers included Lauren Vincent from B&CE, and Rob Nunn representing Encore along with founding partners Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner. Lauren Vincent told the room “B&CE are really proud to be a part of this year’s Young Start-up Talent, we are thrilled to support the fantastic work it’s doing to inspire and help young budding entrepreneurs.

                                                                 Lauren Vincent of B&CE

                                                               Lauren Vincent of B&CE

Geoff Williamson from FSB said he loves the notion of “giving young people the chance of succeeding in the future” While speaker Rob Nunn and young entrepreneur and founder of Encore reiterated the promise of young entrepreneurs stating that “Absolutely nothing is impossible."

Applications are now open to anyone between 16-30 in the Gatwick Diamond areawho want to be part of the mentoring process towards winning a prize fund worth upto £50k to kick start their business.

Sponsors for the year included:

NatWest

Creative Pod

Media Word Waves

Richard Place Dobson

B&CE

West Sussex County Times

PDT Solicitors

Gatwick Diamond Jobs.com

Crawley Borough Council

Thales

FASTSIGNS

Crawley Observer

The Federation of Small Businesses

Mid Sussex Times

Basepoint Business Centre

Gatwick Diamond Business

Platinum Business Magazine

Crawley & Gatwick Chamber of Commerce

Young Enterprise

Avensys Ltd

Gatwick Airport

Lingfield Park

Let’s Do Business Group

Horsham District Council

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Beta Futures

Bennett Christmas

Latest TV

PSD ICE ART

Social Marley

Strong Flavours

Structured Communication