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Alison Mannell of Firebird Training Limited in Tunbridge Wells re-launched her Job & Young Entrepreneur Coaching business in January with the help of Ed Craddock & Will Beeching, two 18 year old entrepreneus running a full service creative agency.
Alison commented “Ed & Will of Flowbox Design in Maidstone needed someone who knew how to handle young entrepreneurs, who understood the business world and who also had the drive and enthusiasm they needed to kick start their business.
I needed a complete overhaul of my current youth website.
A friend of mine just happened to be Will’s Mum and after having a chat with Ed & Will I knew it was a match made in heaven.
Business mentoring in exchange for a new website designed by the very people I help!”
Ed said “For the first week or so, we were talking and discussing things multiple times a day.
It became a wakeup call to us that we really needed to be on the ball as this was a big project, a great opportunity and that we were working with someone who was not going to be messed around.”
Will added “We started developing Alison’s new website with a completely new design, which she loved straight off the bat.
Two months down the line and the new Firebird:Youths website has been launched.
We had really pulled through for our client and it gave us an incredible boost to get the project done exactly how Alison wanted it.”
Ed continues “In our meetings with Alison we discuss our own business now. This is where, we feel, she really stands out from other mentors.
She is determined to keep us on track, to set realistic goals and to have us think about things we hadn’t thought about.
She shows an excellent understanding of how to communicate with us, two teenage entrepreneurs.”
We are inviting local businesses to come and meet us at Units 21-25 Tovil Hill
Maidstone, Kent, ME156QS where we are offering visitors a free review of their marketing materials, and a 50% off voucher for our social media course.
Come and join us to say hello over a glass of bubbly.”
“I am really excited and proud of what Ed and Will have achieved in such a short time.
They have worked really hard to get their office set up, business off the ground and have already worked on some amazing projects.” Alison commented.
Paul Barron, Director of Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs, commented “Flowbox Design gave us creative solutions to our print design problems and gave us a unique personal service.
I met Ed and Will at the Kent Foundation offices last December.
Full of flair, enthusiasm and commitment they offered great advice and excellent products.
They have some great ideas and a loan from Start Up UK.
We initially offered them a couple of small contracts and their response was extremely creative and exciting!
I invited them to the KEiBA Launch in January, a great opportunity for young business people to begin their networking and generate new contacts.
We are now in regular contact. I would highly recommend them for their fresh approach and insight into print design.
We are delighted they found us.”
We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Foundation and grateful for the support they have given us.
She has been able to help us out in so many ways and encouraged us to do things on our own and not have to rely on her to do things for us.
We are beginning to grasp the business world and feel like we’re ready to conquer it!
Of course we will be keeping Alison as our mentor, and I hope she will be keeping Flowbox as her designers!”
Alison responds “Ed and Will are extremely talented individuals.
They have embraced my website project and gone the extra mile to achieve what I believe is now a more useful resource for young people, their parents, educational establishments and businesses.
I will continue to employ them as my designers and am more than happy to be their business mentor.
I highly recommend their design services.”
I have just come across a fantastic opportunity for young entrepreneurs aged 16-25 in the Gatwick, Brighton & Hove and West Kent areas. A prize worth up to £50,000 is to be awarded to young entrepreneurs with a great business idea or initiative that can be launched.
This could be a great way for you to secure some funding and business help. You have to live, study or work in any of the above 3 areas to enter and there will be a Dragon’s Den-style final which will be filmed at the end.
The West Kent entries need to be in by 31st March 2013, with presentations and judging taking place in May 2013 at K College. The winners will be announced in June 2013. Gatwick entries are closing soon on the 30th December 2012 so you need to be quick. And Brighton & Hove entries need to be in soon after by the 31st January 2013.
What have you got to loose! Have a look at http://www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk/ to find out how to enter. Let me know how you get on and feel free to run your ideas past me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org