A film-maker has won the local heat of a national competition to find the country’s most promising young business.
Jamie Rae, 26, launched his company RedScar media and creative services in August 2011 and it was picked as the winner from three finalists in the Northants Telegraph Local Business Accelerators Competition.
He has already received mentoring from Rachel Mallows, of The Mallows Company, and is now in the running to win a raft of top prizes in the national finals.
Jamie, who runs his business from his home in Gardeners Crescent, Kettering, said: “I was absolutely over the moon when I heard I was one of the county finalists.
“When I heard about the competition I thought it sounded like a great opportunity and I decided to give it a go.
“Working with Rachel, I’ve already received really invaluable advice. She recognised my passion and drive and has helped me win bigger clients.”
After leaving Ise Community College, Kettering, Jamie went on to study film and photography at the University of Lincoln. After gaining his degree he worked as freelance film-maker and decided to set up his own company.
RedScar produces promotional videos for companies and individuals, as well as covering events.
Among recent commissions were a film to promote an NHS anti-smoking campaign and promotional work for the Open University and martial arts instructor and motivational speaker Andy Gibney.
Jamie said: “The first four months were quite hard but now the business is going really well. Film-making is my passion and I’ve been able to turn it into a business. I’m also a storyboard artist and that’s an extra dimension which enables my clients to have a bigger impact.”
The national winner of the competition will receive free membership of the CBI for a year, free business advice from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales worth £2,000 and an iPad from Freeagent, with a year’s free access to its accountancy software.
The winner will also receive mentoring from the campaign’s national ambassador Deborah Meaden, of Dragons’ Den, a free ad campaign in their local newspaper and £10,000 from the Business Growth Fund.
The other finalists were The Bath House, of Corby Old Village, and Bright Sparks, of Kettering.
All three businesses have won free advertising in the Northants Telegraph and mentoring from local business people Greg Hill, of SRE Technologies, Paul Adams from The Linden Group and Rachel Mallows.
The competition is run by the Newspaper Society and has the backing of the Government and private sector’s Business in You campaign.