Young Entrepreneurs Prosper In The Tyne Valley At the recent Brocksbushes Summer Fair near Corbridge, there was as always plenty to see, eat & do. What was especially noticeable in the exhibition areas was the presence of young business people amongst the exhibitors including a couple of award winners.
Photographer, Will Nicholls, from Haydon Bridge maybe only 16 but has already established a successful business alongside his academic studies at RGS & collected a string of high profile awards. These include becoming the 2009 Young British Wildlife Photographer of The Year at the age of 14.
Will was highly commended in the same awards last year & has already been shortlisted for 2011. To be the only under 18 to be shortlisted for Photography Monthly’s UK Top 50 Photographers in 2009 was another major accolade as was winning BBC Look North’s February calendar contest the same year. Remarkably, Will only took up photography in 2007 & is self taught. So what about the future? “I do of course want to become a great photographer & my other ambition is to be a broadcasting journalist like David Attenborough,” he says.
In complete contrast, 23 year old Jules Quinn from Stocksfield only started her speciality tea business, The Tea Shed, earlier this year. Like Will, she has started her business whilst studying & has recently achieved an Honours degree in fashion marketing at Northumbria University.
The Tea Shed was born out of her final year project & her studies show through in the business which is clearly design led & aims to take on established speciality tea business leaders such as Teapigs. And it seems to be working since the business has already secured its first major retailer with orders from Fenwicks, secured a large number of stockists & retails on Amazon. To support & develop the brand, Jules has also designed a range of tea ware & home ware.
On the awards front, Jules was chosen as an ambassador in the annual If We Can You Can Challenge & will receive this during the Challenge awards ceremony at The Cluny in Byker on September 8. For more information about IWCYC, see http://www.ifwecanyoucan.co.uk & http://www.entrepreneursforum.net
Jules feels strongly that our national drink is being under represented & has some lofty aims to put that right. “The Tea Shed was born & brewed in Britain,” she says. “I plan to go national & then international. Increasingly, the public are wanting to drink tea brewed from proper tea leaves rather than just the dust!”
To find out more about Will & Jules great products, visit their websites at http://www.wrnicholls.com and http://www.the-teashed.co.uk These are only two examples of the growing band of young entrepreneurs in the Tyne Valley & beyond & everything possible should be done to encourage their development. This can only benefit the future economy of the UK.
By Richard Hannam
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