Search to find budding business stars of the future

Sponsor Paul Beesley, judges Dr Mairi Watson and Richard Osborne and NN coNNect group director Paul Green

Sponsor Paul Beesley, judges Dr Mairi Watson and Richard Osborne and NN coNNect group director Paul Green

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A prize valued at £10,000 is up for grabs as a search to find the county’s young business person of the year is launched.

Future Richard Bransons and Alan Sugars are being urged to put themselves forward as part of a new competition which aims to celebrate enterprising spirit shown by young people in the county.

The Northamptonshire Young Entrepreneur Award 2013 has been launched by business networking group NN coNNect, with a panel of judges put together from the county’s business community.

The competition is open to 18 to 24-year-olds based in Northamptonshire.

They must have started a business in the last two years or are intending to set up on their own as well as having an innovative idea, product or service.

Finedon businessman and NN coNNect group director Paul Green said: “Whether you’ve built up a small business against the odds, lead a team of 20 with a million pound turnover or believe your idea could be the next Dyson, we want to hear from you.

“The financial downturn with limited job opportunities and the advent of the internet has seen more and more young people take the plunge of setting up on their own, creating opportunities for themselves and for others.”

Paul Beesley, of business training consultancy Beyond Theory, which is donating £2,000 worth of mentoring as a prize, added: “In Northamptonshire, small and medium sized enterprises are the lifeblood of the economy and it is inspiring to see our dynamic and diverse marketplace being enriched by young entrepreneurs.”

Entries are to be submitted by May 6, with the awards ceremony taking place on June 5.

The winner will receive a package of prizes, including £500 cash, a five-page website and hosting, NN coNNect networking membership and attendance, free accounting, free business banking and 5,000 printed leaflets and distribution.

In addition, they will also receive one-to-one business mentoring, a virtual answering service, free Federation of Small Businesses membership and a free photo shoot.

To enter visit www.nn-connect.co.uk/entry and fill out the short entry form.