Space to trade would like to congratulate all those who made it through to the finals of the inaugural Young Start-up Talent Hampshire, a competition which is open to 16 to 25-year-olds who wish to run their own ventures across Hampshire. The finals took place on the 15th June at Fareham Innovation Centre and this year attracted large number of submissions from a variety of business sectors.
Five fledgling businesses were shortlisted in the search for Hampshire’s next ‘newtrepreneur’ and thanks to the support of Space to trade and Fareham Shopping Centre, some of the young entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to test out their businesses on the public for a week at the Fareham shopping centre during July.
Space to trade Account Manager, Helen Frost was one of the judges in June and was very impressed with the calibre of entrants. She said, ‘on judging the first entrant, I was blown away by their presentation, enthusiasm and passion. Going through the judging process this feeling didn’t change and it was a very tough one to call. All the entrants were excellent.’ Helen continues, ‘I was amazed at how young some of the contenders were and what they had achieved. I found them inspirational, and felt very proud to be judging these future businessmen and women on behalf of Space to trade.’
26 year old Ming Wu was the first young trader to dip his toe in the waters of mall trading at Fareham Shopping Centre with his business idea, The Maker’s Guild. The Maker’s Guild in Portsmouth provides a creative engineering space for users to create physical things using the latest in prototype technologies, such as 3D printers.
This is the second year that Ming has been a finalist in the competition and is described by his mentor as hard working and committed, with an entrepreneurial flare. Ming is always keen to get involved in educational workshops and is keen to take time to mentor and educate the younger entrepreneurs.
Ming was excited to be given the opportunity to trade on the mall and said, ‘I had a very productive week, with lots of interest from various age groups. I had a great chat with a school teacher and her pupils, and other visitors that knew what my offering entailed and wanted more information. I had several new leads and I am extremely grateful to Space to trade for opportunity and the invaluable experience.’
Tina Shah, Commercial Director at Space to trade believes more companies should be supporting schemes like this. ‘We were approached by Young Start-up Talent and asked to get involved in the scheme. What they do makes a real difference by helping to boost performance, youth aspiration and achievement. The young entrepreneurs who take part in these schemes are the future of UK commerce and should not only be encouraged, but also given every opportunity and the tools to succeed’.
For more information on how Space to trade could help you take your business to the next level, please contact us, we’ll be happy to guide and support you in whatever way we can.