Introducing a great opportunity …
… the Haines Watts Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition
We want to tell you about our Haines Watts Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, to see if you – or someone you know – would like to get involved.
Put simply, the competition is free to enter, is open to anyone who is 35 or under and who has run any type of business in the Thames Valley region for at least a year. If this doesn’t apply to you, you might know someone – a friend, son or daughter, niece or nephew – who would benefit from the opportunity.
The competition runs in the Thames Valley areas located around our offices and broadly encompasses Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. There are several opportunities for applicants, with five local winners and one overall regional winner.
Why you should enter …
- Cash prizes
- Valuable business mentoring
- Free publicity for your business
So let’s start by telling you why you – or they – might want to join in …
“There was some really good advice on offer from the speakers that I’ve been putting into practice, both at work and at home.”
- David Adams, Director of Pennyhill Timber Ltd - Regional Winner 2015
What everyone gets …
- Personal growth – whether or not you are one of our finalists or a winner, the simple process of putting together a business case to present to others and persuade them that you are a worthy entrant will definitely help you to grow your business skills.
What the winners get …
- A year’s free mentoring from a hugely experienced Partner from a Haines Watts Office. Everything from helping you to make a case to your bank for money to grow your business, to how to control your daily costs.
- The HWYE Mastermind event on 22nd February 2018, where you’ll have the opportunity to discuss business challenges and solutions with a speaker from the HWYE finals, Vanessa Lanham-Day.
- Recognition – doing what you have at such a young age is a really worthy achievement and the press coverage we received for our winners last year was excellent. This is a great way to publicise your business and your potential.
- Prize money – all our local winners will each receive a cheque for £250 and the overall regional winner will receive a further £750 – that’s £1000 in all.
“The teenager showed tremendous confidence and acumen when presenting his business, Just Right Goods, to the judges.”
- HWYE judges' verdict on Jack Greetham, 17-year-old business owner and Regional Winner 2013
Why should I take part???
Now, it’s possible that you may be wondering if it is worth the effort for you – or someone you know – to enter the competition. So here are the answers to some key questions …
It’s all a lot of bother and I probably won’t win anyway!
- You apply online and we don’t ask you for huge amounts of information, so it is definitely not a lot of bother.
- In terms of winning, the competition runs in local areas in the Thames Valley region, which means you have a much higher chance of becoming selected as a finalist for one of them.
- Just think of the personal growth you’ll achieve simply by going through the process of applying – having to set your case out and persuade others just how good you are. The whole process is engaging and you will reap the benefits whether you are selected or not.
- And anyway, did you really go into business with that sort of defeatist attitude?
How much is the prize mney?
- It’s £250 for the ‘local’ winners and £1000 for the overall regional winner. OK, so it isn’t going to change your life but winning means your passion and purpose will be recognised by some hugely experienced business people who only want to help you succeed. The cash is a bonus.
I’m probably too small – or too big! – or just not the sort of person/business you are looking for…?
- There are simply no set criteria as to who we are looking for other than you have to be 35 or under and have been running your business for at least a year. We have candidates with established businesses and we also see some amazing, comparatively new starts. It could easily go either way – why shouldn’t it be you this year?
I’ve not heard of Haines Watts – why are they interested in young businesses?
- The Haines Watts Group is a top 13 national firm of chartered accountants. In the Thames Valley we have offices in all the key towns. Our Partners are hugely experienced in helping businesses just like yours and simply want to encourage young business people in a difficult market place, as they represent our future.
And finally, how do I enter?
That’s easy… just go to the online entry page – and fill in the entry form. You have until 30th September 2017 to get your application in. And, as we said at the beginning, if this isn’t you perhaps there’s someone else you know???
Don’t forget, pass on the good news …
We are really looking forward to receiving your application.