Young hopefuls impress judges

Geoff Reeves, Mike Taplin and Coun Maughan
Geoff Reeves, Mike Taplin and Coun Maughan
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SEVEN young entrepreneurs are fighting it out for the business opportunity of a lifetime.

Blackpool Council’s Oracle Young Enterprise Challenge is now at round two, where they pitched their ideas to business experts for a place in the final round, where the prize is £1,000 and six month’s free office space to get their business started.

Organisers said the standard was fantastic with ideas as diverse as graphic design, publishing, music, catering and hair dressing.

Coun Chris Maughan, Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “The commitment shown demonstrates to me that with their passion and drive they will beat the recession and help boost our local economy. We have seen some fantastic ideas from the people involved, who have shown a genuine spark for business that will suit them well for the future.

“I am sure that everybody who has been involved will come away with the confidence to either go on and start up their own business or have the ideas to move into a successful career.”

Organiser Geoff Reeves said: “Part two of the challenge demonstrated the depth of young entrepreneurial talent that Blackpool possesses.

“The magnificent seven finalists wowed the judges with their commitment, enthusiasm and business pitches. Picking a winner on January 11 will be no easy task.”

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