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Young Enterprise Celebrated At Shropshire Awards Evening

The Young Enterprise awards evening was proved popular this year with 27 tables and nearly 300 people – half of them young people aged 16 – 19 years old.

It was the first evening engagement for the newly elected Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jon Tandy.

Several of the young people said that the highlight of their Young Enterprise experience was meeting the local mayor and having their photograph taken with him. Councillor Jon Tandy said: I am going to make sure during my term of office that I meet as many young people as I can. It’s really important to me that young people are involved as much as possible and Young Enterprise provides a great opportunity to do this.”

Businesses attending included regular sponsors such at Caterpillar, The Alamo Group, TTC Group, Marches Care, Denso and the Shropshire Star and new sponsors presenting some of the awards included Chris Pallett from Bespoke Computing, Eli Wilkinson, the Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant, Laura Butler from Serenity and Tom Sykes from Rockford IT. Other sponsors included Belton Cheese and Midcounties Co-operative. The event is supported every year by both councils and the shopping centres in Shrewsbury and Telford.

Filtro was the overall winning team with their innovative filter water bottle – they imported bottles with filter tops that can be refilled with tap water which is filtered through the top when you drink. Filtro also won Mark Gibson’s vote for the most socially responsible product.

The best presentation on the night was won by Bobby Bird, the best business adviser was Heather Noble of Salt Solutions.

Ann Johnson, Chairman of the Volunteer board gave the opening speech and Ryan Jervis was an excellent compere inviting award sponsors to present the awards to the winning teams.

The evening included photographs of the teams and their products at trade stands in Shrewsbury and Telford and the presentations at Priorslee Campus. There was also a video clip with a précis of all the action filmed by Rainford Studios, with a soundtrack created by 1UP-DNB – two local young entrepreneurs.

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