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Search is on for UK’s best young entrepreneurs

- 19th of January, 2004
- Last Call for Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2004
- Closing date for entries is 31 January 2004 (although the date may vary considerably according to your location)

Shell LiveWIRE, the youth enterprise support service backed by Shell UK Ltd, is searching for the UK’s top young entrepreneurs of 2004. The prestigious Shell LiveWIRE ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards’ recognise the UK’s best young business start-ups with cash and “in-kind” prizes worth over £200,000 nationwide.

The Shell LiveWIRE awards are open to young entrepreneurs aged 16-30, whose businesses have been trading for between three and eighteen months, on 31 January 2004.

Entrants need to submit their business plan to their local Shell LiveWIRE co-ordinator by 31 January 2004. They will then compete in local heats with winners progressing to the regional finals. Winners of the regional finals will compete for the UK title in June and a top prize of £10,000.

Michael Welch, founder of Black Circles Ltd, an internet based national tyre retailer, was named Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003. He believes that winning the accolade has brought huge benefits to his business:

“In the month immediately after winning the Shell LiveWIRE Award we saw business grow by some 30 per cent. The Award gave the business a level of credibility not previously experienced and provided Black Circles with a springboard from which to expand. I would urge other young entrepreneurs to enter the awards and seize the opportunities they provide.”

John Devitt, UK Director of Shell LiveWIRE, commented:

“Enterprise culture continues to go from strength to strength in the UK, as shown by the year-on-year growth in the number of calls to the Shell LiveWIRE service and the 500,000th enquiry being received last year.”

“The impact of the businesses entering the Awards is significant. Since 1995 we have seen nearly 850 businesses, turning over some £61 million and employing over 2,600 people, competing at regional level for a place in the UK final.”

To enter the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2004, eligible young entrepreneurs should contact Shell LiveWIRE NOW on  0845 757 3252 (locall) or visit


For further information, please contact:
Brian Butcher,Helen Parker, or Lisa Gutcher at Shell LiveWIRE T: 0191 261 5584 E:

Notes to editors

Entry Details
To enter the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards you must:

- Be aged over 16 and be 30 or under on 31st January 2004
- Live in and have a legal business operating in the UK
- Have been trading not less than three months and not more than 18 months on 31 January 2004
- Have not previously won an award at a local Shell LiveWIRE awards event
- If your business is a partnership, all partners must be aged 16-30
- Only two partners may represent the business at interview stage
- Accept that the judges’ decision is final

Send your completed business plan, along with your completed entry form, to your local Shell LiveWIRE Co-ordinator before the end of January 2004 (but please contact your local Shell LiveWIRE Co-ordinator, as there may be a later closing date in your area).

The Shell LiveWIRE programme
The Shell LiveWIRE programme was launched in 1982 by Shell U.K. Limited. Since then it has helped over 500,000 young people in the UK, to explore the option of starting their own businesses.

Shell LiveWIRE’s annual “Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards” programme recognises and rewards the UK’s most outstanding young entrepreneurs. To date, these awards have allocated over £3 million in prize monies and have attracted over 1,600 entrants to its regional heats. Since 1995, 843 businesses have competed at a regional level. These businesses had a combined turnover of £61 million and employed over 2,600 people.

Shell LiveWIRE encourages young people aged 16-30, and those whom they turn to for advice and guidance, to see starting a business as a viable and desirable career option. By contacting the national telephone hotline on 0845 757 3252 (cost of a local call) or visiting enquirers can receive a free business start up information pack tailored to their specific idea. They also have the opportunity to receive one-to-one advice on starting up and running a business from a local business adviser.

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