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Competition Winners

14 Jan

Our Big Ideas competition closed at the end of last year.  We asked 18-25 year olds to tell us their business ideas.  We shortlisted our favourites and our judges kindly gave us feedback on them, which we put together to decide our lucky winners.

Our final winners are:

Holliey Pearce, who opened a shop selling vintage homewares with her business partner, Jayden, in December.  Check out The Bloody Chic of It.

Sam Birtwhistle, who runs Voyage World Jewellery, selling fairtrade and ethical jewellery from around the world.

Jenny Hill, who had an idea for a device called “Alcostop” to check whether a person is fit to drive.

Thank you to everyone who entered, we loved all of your ideas.  A massive thank you also to all the businesses that kindly donated prizes for the competition: Caz Steffens Photography, L.A Barbers, Parkfield Torbay, The Osborne Hotel and many others.

And thank you to Peter Jones of Dragons’ Den, who gave us this great supportive quote:

The UK needs young people to step forward and seize their futures, and competitions like Opportunity Plus South West’s play an important role in rewiring the next generation to be more entrepreneurial, and encouraging them to follow their business dreams.

Much of my work with the Peter Jones Foundation is focused on equipping young people with the tools to be entrepreneurial, either in the workplace or running their own business. The mentoring support being offered to Opportunity Plus entrants is exactly what is needed to instill the culture of enterprise and help create a British Dream for young people to aspire to.

COMPETITION EXTENDED

30 Oct

We have decided to extend our competition deadline to 23rd NOVEMBER 2012, with the winners being announced in early December.  This is because we have gained some great entries by attending groups and completing entry forms on a 1:1 basis with them, and we want to give more people the opportunity to enter in this way.  But you can still enter by emailing us an entry form too.  If you run or are a member of a group who would like us to come to you to discuss self employment, please get in touch on 0800 043 2440.

Open to anyone aged 18-25 with a burning business idea!

We have a range of exciting prizes up for grabs, including six months free gym membership at the beautiful Osborne Hotel in Meadfoot, Torquay; a climbing wall voucher for two at Parkfield Torbay; a photoshoot from Caz Steffens Photography; free entry for four people to Kents Cavern; free family swimming at Torbay Leisure Centre; a free hair cut and blow dry with Liza Kane and another from e-hairdressing; a gift voucher from Ancient Elements.  On top of these great prizes, anyone who enters will receive all our usual business ideas development and start up support.  We have a panel of guest judges from the local community who will be helping us choose the best entries.

All you have to do to enter is tell us your business idea.  Whether it’s a well thought out business idea that you’ve already researched; your dream business that’s completely unrealistic; a tried and tested risk free business opportunity; or just the beginnings of an idea that you need to develop, we’d love to hear it.  We’re looking for creativity and enthusiasm as much as business knowledge.  Please get in touch if you’d like any help getting your idea onto paper.

Simply complete the entry form with your details and business idea, or post your idea on our Facebook page (on the wall or a private message) and return it to us by 23rd November 2012.

The entry form is available on our Toolbox website, or you can email alangmead@opsw.co.uk or phone us on 0800 043 2440 for more information.

Good Luck – we look forward to hearing your ideas!

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COMPETITION!!

1 Oct

Open to anyone aged 18-25 with a burning business idea!

We have a range of exciting prizes up for grabs, including six months free gym membership at the beautiful Osborne Hotel in Meadfoot, Torquay; a climbing wall voucher for two at Parkfield Torbay; a photoshoot from Caz Steffens Photography; free entry for four people to Kents Cavern; free family swimming at Torbay Leisure Centre; a free hair cut and blow dry with Liza Kane and another from e-hairdressing; a gift voucher from Ancient Elements.  On top of these great prizes, anyone who enters will receive all our usual business ideas development and start up support.  We have a panel of guest judges from the local community who will be helping us choose the best entries.

All you have to do to enter is tell us your business idea.  Whether it’s a well thought out business idea that you’ve already researched; your dream business that’s completely unrealistic; a tried and tested risk free business opportunity; or just the beginnings of an idea that you need to develop, we’d love to hear it.  We’re looking for creativity and enthusiasm as much as business knowledge.  Please get in touch if you’d like any help getting your idea onto paper.

Simply complete the entry form with your details and business idea and return it to us by 31st October 2012.

The entry form is available on our Toolbox website, or you can email alangmead@opsw.co.uk or phone us on 0800 043 2440 for more information.

Good Luck – we look forward to hearing your ideas!

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