Newspepper.com's video report and exclusive interviews from the Shell LiveWIRE LIVE! event and Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2010 UK Final which took place in London on 13th October 2010.
As well as the 8 award finalists, the video also features interviews with Jamie Murray Wells (Glasses Direct), Wayne Hemingway (Hemingway Design), Penny Power (Ecademy) and Sir Tom Farmer.more info
[REPORTER]: Good afternoon, I’m delighted to welcome you to [the] Shell LiveWIRE Live! event 2010. Now today during the day over a hundred young entrepreneurs are going to come together and learn all about how to start up a new business. And tonight is the real excitement, it’s the announcement of the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year award 2010. Hundreds of people have tried to apply for this award and [have] been whittled down to only eight finalists by a panel of judges that includes ‘Dragon’s Den’ judge Duncan Bannatyne and our very own Hermione Way. It promises to be an amazing day. Let’s go inside.
Tell us a little bit about the business that made it to the final eight.
[MANSOOR MOHAMMAD HAMAYUN]: What we do is develop solutions for rural electrification. Basically, [there’s] a solar panel on the top and it outputs normal 220-volt electricity.
[JANNEN VAMADEVA]: Anytime Doctor is an attempt to sort of solve some problems for patients – patients who can’t see their GPs easily, patients with mobility problems. What it does is it takes very, sort of, low risk medical conditions and moves them online.
[NICK PROCTOR]: We look to lower businesses’ energy costs by lowering the amount of energy they use, and also reduce the amount they pay for it. So it’s very much looking at making people more energy efficient.
[CHARMAINE KEMP]: I started Wheelie Good Mobility which specialises in used mobility scooters. We recondition old ones and we get them back out into the community for a fraction of the price of what they would’ve been new.
[MICHEAL HOLLIDAY]: We’re a mobile architectural and environmental design practice so we travel around rural Scotland going to communities who don’t usually have architects and we hold workshops, we hold exhibitions, and design houses.
[TOM ALLASON]: In the end of the day we’d like to make Shutl a verb, you know? We’d like people to stop thinking about getting things delivered to them and instead choose to get things ‘shutled’ to them.
[WILLIAM ALLINGHAM]: Being in the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards has been just absolutely brilliant. I’ve met some absolutely amazing people and, you know, it’s an achievement in itself so hopefully we can go on further and get that ten grand and hopefully, you know, put a bit more money into research and development of the products.
[JENNY MARSDEN]: The reason we run programmes like Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard is we want to support small businesses in the UK. Small businesses are essential to the economy, they employ two-thirds of the people, they’re responsible for the mass majority of our GDP, you know, and we want to try and help small businesses in what are very challenging times.
[JAMIE MURRAY WELLS]: I think my first tip for anyone wanting to start a business would be to basically start as small as possible, see how it goes and test the market.
[SIR TOM FARMER]: If you want to succeed in business of course you’ve got to have the right finance, you’ve got to have a product or service that customer’s are gonna buy. But there’s more than that to it. You’ve gotta have enthusiasm, you’ve gotta have energy and it’s gotta be an obsession – a magnificent obsession; a passion in every way.
[PENNY POWER]: You’ve gotta really... you need to know yourself first, and find out what your value is to others. And then, on that, look at the business idea you’ve got and look for the big picture of that business idea. Why would somebody else get behind that idea? So what is the contribution your business is making towards humanity?
[WAYNE HEMINGWAY]: There are lots of people out there with good ideas and they need a leg up to have a go and so Shell LiveWIRE gives people a chance, gives them, number one, the exposure, number two, it can give them a bit of cash that everybody needs when they’re starting a business.
[STUART ANDERSON]: We worked quite hard this year at getting the right speakers at the event. So we wanted a whole mix of people from Penny Power who does one thing, Doug Richard does another, and [Sir] Tom Farmer does another, so what was great was they all sent the same message to the entrepreneurs but in a different way so they kind of... the messages are really hammered home.
[ANDREW DIXON]: [This is] the first time I’ve been involved in it, so I thought it was... it was just very inspirational. I thought, you know, the level of energy, the belief, commitment and just also like the nous as well of all the finalists was exceptional.
[REPORTER]: [You have] just officially won the 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Award, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, how do you feel?
[JESSICA GROSVENOR]: Fantastic. Overwhelmed.
[REPORTER]: Have you texted your mum? Have you told her?
[JESSICA GROSVENOR]: No, I haven’t told my mum!
[REPORTER]: Oh my God, you have to tell her! Tell us a little bit about your business that has just won the young entrepreneur of the Year Award.
[JESSICA GROSVENOR]: Freelance Training and Consultancy provide work-based learning for private and public sectors and individuals in a variety of sectors, including apprenticeship programmes, pre-employment programmes and upskilling the workforce.
[REPORTER] Well, unfortunately it’s time to go home here from the Shell LiveWIRE Live! event 2010. It’s been a truly inspirational day, everyone’s really enjoyed themselves, there’s been some amazing keynote speeches, and it’s made someone who has no idea about business want to go home and start up a business tonight. So, I’d say it’s been a success.
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A large part of Shell LiveWIRE LIVE!, the daytime event comprised of networking opportunities and workshops, and the evening Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Final, was geared toward developing young people in a number of business areas. Shell LiveWIRE LIVE! offered participants the opportunity to attend various workshops and to network with other like-minded individuals. Attendees of the workshops and, indeed, of the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Final, had the opportunity to not only come away with great contacts, but great advice and tips as well. Our eight finalists were no exception; throughout the morning they practised their elevator pitches, coupling their existing business knowledge, experience and passion, with the guiding hand of Shell LiveWIRE personnel. This video is the result of their hard work. Enjoy!
The road to the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 final was a long and exciting one, culminating in an event that left all of us at Shell LiveWIRE feeling fulfilled and inspired. We’d like to share with you a quick glance at the process leading up to the final, as well as some behind the scenes looks at the preparation for the event itself. Enjoy!
Recorded at the Hawke and Hunter in Edinburgh, our March webcast features an informal Q&A session hosted by Anna Lawn-Thomas (Shell LiveWIRE) and a panel of business experts comprising:
- Fraser Docherty of SuperJam (www.superjam.co.uk)
- Geoff Leask of the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) (www.psybt.org.uk)
- James Simpson of Business Gateway (www.bgateway.com)
- Gilbert Peddie of ICASS (Innovators Counselling & Advisory Service for Scotland) (www.icass.co.uk)
Discussion topics include - what makes a good business plan and what funders are looking for, how to market and promote your business on a limited budget, protecting your Intellectual Property (IP), how to take your product from the ideas stage to being on sale in the shops, and what to do if you are too young to open a business account in your own name.more info
In 2008 Shell LiveWIRE ran a series of 'Big Enterprise Experience' workshops in colleges around the UK. This gave students from a variety of courses a chance to see what was involved in running a business. The experience included topics such as idea generation, problem solving, teamworking and thinking about your market.
This video was recorded at an event with West Cheshire College held in Ellesmere Civic Hall, Cheshire on 19th November 2008.
As part of the day, the students also heard from an ex-LiveWIRE winner who gave real life experience hints and tips to help students think about starting a business.more info