SAM'S KITCHEN WINS YOUNG START-UP TALENT

19 March 2013

Sam's Kitchen is the winner of the £50,000 prize fund for the Gatwick Diamond’s entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent 2013, was announced at an impressive show at the Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Hotel.

The winner of the £50,000 prize fund for the Gatwick Diamond’s entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent 2013, was announced at an impressive show at the Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Hotel with an impressive staging, lighting and video production put together by SeeThat and AV specialists Avensys on Thursday 28th February 2013.

Sam French, age 21 from Crawley, who attended Hazelwick School was announced as winner of the project with his business Sam’s Kitchen www.sams-kitchen.co.uk.

Sam said, “This has been a fantastic journey and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The best thing is making like minded friends with the other competitors. I have met great people during the process such as the judges and sponsors through this experience.”

Sam’s very proud mum said “Sam is driven by passion, he has always been desperate to run his own business and to be his own person. We are very proud of him.”

Sam and some of the other finalists have already received several offers of business deals from those that attended the event. The evening was hosted by the founders of the competition, Lorraine Nugent, MD of Sussex PR agency Media Word Waves, and Matt Turner, MD of Creative Pod.
 
The other finalists for the Gatwick Diamond were Alessandro Tricarico of Clear Window Cleaning, Josh Stacey and Sam Rose of The Purple Card, Summer Shayne of Hiremyclothes.com, Olivia Harrison and Zak Lambri of Fashion Shak and Dylan Gillah of If Clothes were Songs. All of the finalists had a trade stand at the event to further showcase their businesses.

Jane McGill, HR Business Partner for British Airways and judge of the Gatwick Diamond initiative was very impressed with all of the finalists and announced at the evening that British Airways have awarded all the finalists a free flight to a choice of three European destinations – Nice, Barcelona or Amsterdam.

Special guest speaker Stephen Mason who is a true entrepreneur, running several large businesses with a combined turnover of over £60million told the audience of his entrepreneurial journey and passed on tips to the youngsters. “In watching the video, I would have chosen Sam as the winner and it is Sam that I would invest in”.

Matt Tyson of Richard Place Dobson and one of the judges commented “I think Sam is a loveable character and very infectious with a fabulous product. Dean Orgill from Mayo Wynne Baxter, another judge said “All the Finalists were very impressive; the future is bright for all of them”.

We heard from Henry Smith MP for Crawley who narrated the DVD that was shown during the event and commented “Sam is an incredibly engaging and humorous guy. He demonstrates real spirit and has massive potential in his business. I am in awe. I know that he will be able to develop his business.  Finalists from previous years, George Fisher and Timothy Armoo also spoke at the event about the opportunities that Young Start-up Talent has created for them.

A video of the Dragons Den style final that was filmed by SeeThat at the offices of Thales a few weeks ago was played to the audience with the help of AV specialists Avensys.  Each of the finalists had the daunting task of standing in front of a panel of the eight judges, plus numerous cameras and studio staff from SeeThat, and was put through a series of challenging questions about their business idea.
 
For more information use the following link www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk

 
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