Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of Red or Dead, designer and entrepreneur, takes a few moments out of the 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award UK final to offer his top business tips and his views on starting up a business in the current economic climate.
As co-founder of Ecademy, Penny Power has built an internationally successful business around her belief in the importance of openness, honesty, kindness and respect in business. In this video she takes a moment to sum up her thoughts on business and offer her top tips for young and aspiring entrepreneurs.
As Shell says, "Social Investment is embedded in the way we carry out our day-to-day business to provide long-term sustainable programmes. We seek to initiate, establish and support programmes that are aligned with our business. Our social investment activities are themed around science, education, innovation and business skills."
In this short video, Grand Ideas Award winning entrepreneurs Kilian Palop & Glenn Buchan (Adspad) talk about how they heard about the competition, how they used the prize money and PR exposure to grow their business and the support they have received through the Shell LiveWIRE website.
In February 2010, Ben and Rosemary Scrimgeour took home one of the Shell LiveWIRE £1,000 Grand Ideas Awards. Since then, their business has been enjoying overwhelming success and PR.
The Ben Scrimgeour Building Workshop decided to create a video, showing other aspiring and new entreprenuers how the Shell LiveWIRE award and the subsequent PR has helped them.
We caught up with Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winner Daniel Sutherland to hear how winning the award gave him the finance and confidence to help develop his revolutionary new 'Milkistar' baby feeding bottle, led to further funding for his business and provided a major PR boost along the way.
Stewart’s business, “Whites Cleaning Services” which is based in Prestatyn, is a domestic and commercial cleaning company offering a wide range of services.
Established in June 2003, Whites has expanded rapidly and now offers services to offices, clubs and pubs, leisure facilities and caravan parks as well as domestic households. Carpet and upholstery cleaning, floor scrubbing and polishing, patio and driveway cleaning and fire, flood and builders cleans are just a few of the services on offer.
Stewart, who also plays semi-professional football for Rhyl Football Club, had always wanted to be his own boss and began by setting up a window cleaning business. He then spotted a gap in the market for a complete cleaning service. Today, Whites offers such a comprehensive service it wins many contracts from bigger cleaning companies. Customers vary from small local firms to large national organisations, such as the holiday company Pontins Ltd.
Whites Cleaning Services now employs six staff, regularly sub-contracts work to 14 other cleaners and is expecting to open a second office in the near future. Whites will also be introducing graffiti removal to their services and in the long term, Stewart is aiming to make Whites Cleaning Services a nationally recognised company, moving further into Wales and eventually into the North West of England.
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Victoria’s business, “Pomelo”, designs high fashion funky flip flops that combine style and quality with comfort and colour. Using silks, cotton, jute, leather and bamboo, embellished with beads, sequins and flowers, Victoria has over 51 styles available for 2004.
In the 10 months since it started trading, Pomelo has attracted some prestigious clients including Harrods, Graham and Green and over 50 independent boutiques throughout the UK. Victoria is also exporting to Mexico and has interest from stores in New York. Sales are also generated through her online shop at www.funkyflipflops.com
Victoria, who worked as a freelance make up artist for seven years, decided to start her business when she was about to go off on holiday to Thailand in December and couldn’t buy any flip flops in the UK to take with her. It was her boyfriend who suggested she should make her own and sell them on the Internet. After four months of research, Victoria established there was a gap in the market for high quality, British design flip flops, and her business idea became a reality.
Within five years, Victoria expects Pomelo to be a leading brand name for flip flops, and she intends to diversify into producing matching hand bags, day slippers and evening sandals.
“Research your market really well – if there’s a gap or an opportunity there, then go for it! Listen to advice, take it in, but always use your instinct.”
For more information visit: www.funkyflipflops.commore info
Their business, “Oneighty Creative Limited”, provides creative business image and marketing solutions to small businesses in the local area. Oneighty Creative provides everything from logo and stationery design to brand creation and development. Working with clients including Blackburn College and The Curry Kitchen, this enterprising husband and wife team pride themselves on being flexible and accommodating of any business’ needs.
After graduating in Graphic Design, the duo then went on to work for design agencies where they honed their creative and professional skills and, when Andy was made redundant they took the opportunity to realise their dreams of having their own creative design agency. In the near future they are hoping to employ one full time member of staff and also take on a second part time. Ultimately, they want Oneighty Creative Limited to be recognised as ‘The’ Creative Design Agency for the North West.
“Innovation is the key to your success!”
For more information visit: www.oneightycreative.commore info
Designing new medical equipment which helps to improve care and saves lives is the ethos behind this business. The enterprising partners work with medical practitioners to identify improvements in the performance of existing medical equipment or to identify opportunities for entirely new medical products. The entrepreneurs’ aim is to build a medical design company that earns royalties on products manufactured under licence.
The two Neils hit on their business idea while studying Product Design Engineering. On interviewing clinicians, they discovered the need for improvements in neo-natal care equipment. Since starting their business in May 2003, they have designed three main products to improve neo-natal care and infection control.
Lightweight is currently working on neo-natal intensive care equipment. This world leading new product, backed by the NHS, will significantly improve the care and survival chances of premature and sick new-born babies. The equipment will be made under licence by a medical equipment supplier, and should be available in hospitals by 2006.
Lightweight will continue to work with hospitals to identify opportunities to develop better products or entirely new medical equipment to improve health care. Within five years they expect to be employing seven more designers and to be the leading designers of critical care medical equipment in the UK.
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Matthew’s business “Dowden Marketing Magic” uses his own brand of close-up magic to provide companies with an entertaining marketing and sales presentation to potential clients. By performing close-up card tricks, illusions and mind-reading stunts at trade shows, Matthew attracts an audience and significantly improves the chance of potential clients visiting the company’s sales teams. Company sales messages are worked into the act, and give-away tricks ensure that spectators spread awareness of the company as they repeat the tricks to impress others.
Matthew’s fascination with magic started while he was studying Law at the University of Northumbria. After rejecting a career in Law, he decided to become a professional magician. During his research, Matthew realised there was a gap in the market for starting a business linking magic with marketing and sales promotions. Since the launch of the business 17 months ago, Matthew has attracted some prestigious companies including Microsoft Press, npower and Daewoo as clients. He is also developing packages for local authorities to enable schools to deliver drug awareness, traffic safety and healthy eating messages to children. North East Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year is not the only prestigious title this young entrepreneur has lifted; he was recently named Newcastle Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year.
“The great thing about having your own business is that there are no limits to what you can do!”
For more information visit: www.dowdenmm.commore info
“All Creatures” is a modern, small animal veterinary practice in North West Ireland. Set up by Gillian Montague in 2003, the practice incorporating boarding kennels and a cattery, is modern, bright and well equipped with the latest technological equipment. In addition to the treatment of sick and injured animals, All Creatures stocks a broad range of pet foods and accessories and provides a full consultation service on general animal health care issues. Gillian’s plans for the future include, expansion of the boarding kennels business and establishment of additional branch surgeries throughout Northern Ireland.
Joel Kellhofer likes to think big – very big. Asked what his greatest ambition is and there is no hesitation. “Make an epic drama for the cinema and grow AC2.Com into the size of a company like Virgin.”
It’s quite a challenge but the 29 year-old likes to set his sights high and has a real determination to grow his company into a real business success. AC2.Com Productions provides a range of high quality video production, multi-media and internet products designed to meet the individual needs of clients.
With a degree in Multimedia Computer Technology and a family background in media, Joel started his career working for other companies but wasn’t satisfied that the customers were getting the best value for their money. “I knew I could offer a better quality service at a better price so I formed AC2.Com Productions in order to make sure my customers were totally satisfied.”
And Joel’s advice to any budding entrepreneurs out there; “If you’re not successful first time then use that as a learning experience and try again. If you want to be in business there is no-one to stop you but yourself.”
“Have the courage to pursue your dreams!”
For more information visit: http://www.ac2.commore info
In this video, Shell LiveWIRE South West Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 winner Simon Phelps (Fluvial Innovations Ltd) gives a demonstration of his unique FLOODSTOP modular flood barrier for the BBC South Today programme.
Christian Arno - Founder and Managing Director of Lingo24 (www.lingo24.com) and Winner of the Shell LiveWIRE Entrepreneur of the Year award (2003) - talks about how his translation company has grown its turnover over the past 7yrs to £3 million in September 2008, has recruited its 100th full-time member of staff, and now has operations all over the world.
Seven thousand years ago, a mystical and enchanting beverage was discovered. It was a nourishing foodstuff that played a pivotal role in many great ancient civilisations.
Today, in the hectic, monopolised, grey world we live in there is no longer magic to be found in this bland, mass produced, cheaply sourced and watered down concoction.
At BrewDog we believe that the magic is still there to be extracted from this drink. All that is needed is the reintroduction of the passion, love, care, and the highest quality ingredients.
Everyone who shares in BrewDog’s vision will be able to escape from the monotony of modern day life and rediscover the zest, sparkle and spectrum of joys provided by nature and her wares that make life worth living.
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Brewdog, a brewery with a difference, is the brainchild of 25 year old James Watt and his business partner Martin Dickie. The Fraserburgh based company started brewing beers and lagers last year. Their products first went on sale in local hostelry Blue Toon but soon after pubs in the region were clamouring to get their hands on the top tipples. Preservative and additive free, the company uses local malts and hops from America, Belgium, the Czech Republic and as far as field as New Zealand to make their innovatively titled Hop Rocker lager, Punk IPA pale ale and The Physics amber beer.