18 year-old skateboarding student crowned ‘National Entrepreneur of the Year’

Peter Jones CBE has awarded Jamie Gamble £5,000 investment for his start-up business which manufactures environmentally-friendly skateboards...

A young entrepreneur from Amersham who manufactures skateboards from bamboo has been awarded the title of ‘National Entrepreneur of the Year’ 2016 by Peter Jones CBE, as part of the Dragons’ Den star’s annual Enterprise Academy graduation ceremony.

18 year-old Jamie Gamble, the founder of Panda Skateboards, came up with an idea to create skateboards that are stronger, lighter and more environmentally-friendly than maple wood, which is traditionally used, but suffers deforestation.

He beat five other student entrepreneur finalists to win the award – said to be the highest achievement available to graduating students – and has received £5,000 investment from Jones to enable Gamble to expand his start-up business and run it full-time.

Gamble has also said he “will utilise the profits to improve the well-being of young people” as there is a “social purpose at the heart”.

Peter Jones CBE commented: “All of the ideas presented at the National Entrepreneur of the Year pitch were really good. One pitch in particular however that stood out to me and the judges was from Jamie Gamble.

“It’s not the only company in the world making skateboards from bamboo but the passion Gamble demonstrated when pitching really showed me and the judges that he has the drive, commitment and enthusiasm to create a great business.

“As the UK embarks on an uncertain post-EU economic path, young people, as the next generation of business leaders, have a crucial role to play in our country’s future. It is important that they come together to propel the UK’s entrepreneurial sector firmly forward.”

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