Young entrepreneurs called upon for innovation

Awards celebrate the best young business minds

Young entrepreneurs are being called upon to showcase their talent for the 2007 Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Last year’s winner is urging other young business-owners to compete for the title and prize of £10,000.

Previous winners include Innocent Smoothies and online tyre company Black Circles. Innovative bicycle storage firm Cyclepods won the 2006 title.

“Winning the regional and then the UK award last year was a great boost for our business and we’d urge other young businesses to enter and try and scoop the honour,” said Natalie Connell of Cyclepods.

“Many great businesses have come through the Shell Livewire Awards and gone on to great things and we hope to be another one of those too.”

James Smith, chairman of Shell Livewire said that ‘encouraging entrepreneurs is vital if Britain is to prosper from their innovation’.

The awards are open to all entrepreneurs aged between 16-30 whose business have been trading between three to 18 months from 31 March 2006.

Entrants can find an online application form at www.shell-livewire.org/win10k, as well as further details of how to enter.

The competition is now 25-years-old. Gerry Ford, executive director of the Shell Livewire said that the organisation is ‘all about young people’, and they were looking for ‘the most exciting young entrepreneurs’ ideas in our 25th year’.

© Crimson Business Ltd. 2007

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