March 2015, Lingfield, Sussex:
Imrich Berta of Happy Go Sushi wins the Young Start-up Talent £50k prize fund for Gatwick Region 2015
by Lorraine Nugent, of Sussex & Surrey Marketing Agency Media Word Waves
Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club welcomed Young Start-up Talent (YST) and its 2015 Gatwick Diamond finalists to the stage for the showcase. It was revealed that Imrich Berta with his business ‘Happy Go Sushi’, a student from Central Sussex College was the winner of this year’s prize fund. Imrich is hoping to make a success of his Sushi Home Delivery company having noticed a gap in the local market. With plenty of experience working as and training with chefs, Imrich’s quality product could just fill the gap.
During the evening each of the young entrepreneurs liaised with local business professionals and sponsors whilst they promoted their businesses and presented their own assembled stands.
Behind the panel this year were leading business professionals and judges, Daryl Gayler – Director for RBS in the South East, Matt Tyson – Richard Place Dobson, Jane McGill – Talent Management – British Airways, Lorraine Nugent – MD at Media Word Waves and co-founder of Young Start-up Talent, Peter Hitchcock – VP at Thales Crawley, Matt Turner – MD at Creative Pod and co-founder of Young Start-up Talent, Gary Shipton – Editor in Chief of West Sussex County Times Group and Penina Shepard – MD at Acumen Business Law.
The judges were thoroughly impressed with the 2015 finalists where Daryl Gayler of RBS said “There was a hairs width between our five finalists and any one of them would have done us proud. They should all be extremely proud of what they’ve achieved. Unfortunately there can only be one winner but there will be no losers because every one of them will come out of this process a lot stronger having learnt a lot and hopefully with some pointers, coaching and mentoring.”
Imrich with the Judges
Ben Towers of Towers Design – 16 year old and multi award winning young entrepreneur was a guest speaker at the event and commented “Young Start-Up Talent gives forward thinking young people the chance to take the next step into business without being influenced by alter-ego organisations who wish to financially gain from young entrepreneurs. Furthermore, what makes YST stand out is that not only does the winner collect the prize, all of the shortlisted contestants have the chance to attend workshops and receive valuable advice and guidance whilst in a safe secure environment.”
Imrich with the competition founders Lorraine Nugent of Media Word Waves and Matt Turner of Creative Pod
Among the finalists were:
21 year old Christopher Foster, who wants to provide a platform for students and businesses to connect to one another by creating his website, ‘Student Engine’. Christopher is focusing predominantly on Start-up businesses and argues that his platform makes the process of applying or uploading jobs easy, quick and manageable.
24 year old Bethany Landskroner is passionate about her already up and running performing arts company ‘Terra Nova’. She is looking to instil confidence and new skills in both adults and children and offers the first session free to newcomers. Bethany is hoping to expand across Sussex in the coming years.
16 year old business duo, Rhian Gillah and Conor Haskins have produced a unique Theatrical Prosthetic and SFX Make-up company which provides materials and applications for a small fee using the creative talents of Rhian and Conor’s business flair.
Sussex graduate, Will Bowers, is moving forward with his successful company, ‘Royalty Three’, a creative, corporate video production agency. With plenty of practice in the field, Will wants to produce videos primarily aimed at the younger generation.
Matthew Tyson of Richard Place Dobson and supporter of the initiative since its inception five years ago added “I think all of the finalists could have been worthy winners. I’ve been very impressed with the quality this year, they have had coaching to help them along and they’ve all been doing really well. The stands look fantastic, the evening was excellent and well put together.”
Penina Shepherd of Acumen Business Law further commented “Before the night of the judging I admit I had never eaten raw fish before, but on the night when Imrich walked in with his sushi I tried it and found it to be absolutely delicious. He has well and truly converted me into a Sushi lover. I wish all the finalists success for the future.”
The judges for Young Start-up Talent Gatwick 2015 :
Acumen Business Law is an award winning, innovative and dynamic Law Firm. The firm specialises in Business Law only and, as such, deals with all aspects of Commercial Law.
British Airways the UK’s largest international scheduled airline. We fly our customers at convenient times to the best located airports across the world.
Creative Pod, A Sussex based award winning design agency. Creative Pod works with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and one man bands to SME’s and global blue chips.
Media Word Waves, As a leading PR agency we offer the full range of PR Services including creative copy for press releases, advertising campaigns, brochures, newsletters and websites which we deploy through our extensive network of Local and national media contacts.
RBS Bank is one of the leading UK banks with its support for the local business community and young entrepreneurial talent. For every great business to today there was once a ‘young start up talent’ and RBS are very proud to be supporting this event.
West Sussex County Times the leading quality broadsheet local newspaper in the Gatwick Diamond, with three editions covering Horsham, Crawley and the South Downs, Community is at the heart of its offering.
The Supporters and Sponsors
The sponsors and supporters for Young Start-up Talent Gatwick 2014 :
Avensys an Audio Visual Company with offices in Crawley, Copthorne and Horley. Avensys has divisions supplying Professional AV sales & Installation, Hire, Event & Exhibition Services as well as a retail store supplying consumer Audio Visual products.
Basepoint Business Centre a modern business centre at the heart of the Gatwick Diamond providing high quality offices and workshops for small to medium business to let on easy-out-terms.
Bennett Christmas is an independent Insurance Broker based in Burgess Hill, who specialise in insurance solutions for business and individuals with the motto “Our policy is as individual as you”.
Beta Futures is a Social Enterprise company providing services to employers, helping remove barriers to growth and aiding job creation.
Bloc Hotels is an exciting, technologically advanced and stylish 245-room hotel, located in Gatwick’s South Terminal, perfect for business travellers.
Central Sussex College is committed to supporting aspiration and achievement amongst young people in the area, and equipping them with the skills they need to be successful in the future work force.
Chichester College are proud to sponsor Young Start up Talent. We offer a hugely diverse and successful apprenticeship programme, including Business Management and Innovation at level 5, Peter Jones Academy and Passport to Enterprise, ensuring we provide a talent pool for tomorrow, to help businesses in the South East.
Crawley Borough Council Crawley Borough Council is committed to providing quality service and supporting the growth of a prosperous and confident community.
Crawley Chamber of Commerce an organisation that focuses on the promotion of business within Crawley & Gatwick area.
Crawley Observer a thriving upbeat campaigning tabloid newspaper that puts the local community at the very heart of the town’s news agenda. A busy red-top that fights to represent the people of Crawley.
Crawley Town FC are proud to be at the heart of the local community. We have excellent venue facilities as well as a very exciting football team.
Department of Business Innovation and Skills BIS is working together for growth and investigating in skills to make markets more dynamic with lower regulation, and by promoting trade to boost innovation and help support people looking to start and grow a business.
Extech an award winning Managed IT solutions, support, product and advice specialist passionate about providing comprehensive IT services and solutions to entrepreneurial start ups, small and medium sized businesses.
FastSigns your leading local sign company supplying all your sign requirements. We have been part of Crawley life for over 15 years working closely with the whole community.
Federation of Small Businesses the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interest of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.
Future Proof Consulting Solutions A not-for-profit company helping businesses and organisations get the most from a strong approach to sustainability & CSR. We build lasting partnerships between businesses and their communities for the good of both.
Gatwick Airport is the busiest single-runway airport in the world and is currently undergoing a £1bn transformation. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for around 33 million passengers a year.
Gatwick Diamond The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is a successful collaborative business led public/private sector partnership, which facilitates, coordinates and leads the actions necessary to create the right environment for business growth in the area.
Gatwick Diamond Business Association is the leading voice for business and commerce in Sussex and Surrey. We provide a united voice for business to influence local and central government issues.
GatwickDiamondJobs.com We are a job board created for the Gatwick Diamond! By working with the best employers and training providers, we not only advertise the region’s best jobs but we also work pro-actively to create local jobs for local people.
Heart FM The leading radio station throughout Sussex and Surrey. Heart FM is proud to support its local community.
Henry Smith MP Member of Parliament for Crawley
Horsham District Council promotes pro-business policies to enable its living-working communities of all ages to benefit from economic success and full employment. Horsham District Council is delighted to sponsor Young Start Up Talent.
Latest TV runs the city television station for Brighton and Hove and has state of the art studios in the heart of the city at Latest Musicbar; broadcasting on Channel 8 Freeview and Virgin Media 159.
Lets do Business the leading provider of business advice for budding entrepreneurs in the South East. The Group is the Delivery Partner for the Government’s Start Up Loan Scheme for Young People, providing advice, mentoring and access to finance for 18-30 year olds.
Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club is located in 450 acres of picturesque Surrey parkland. As well as the racecourse, we boast a 4* Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club and an 18-hole championship golf course.
Lotus Human Resource is a company of HR consultants that provides human resources advice and other expert employee management services.
Marks and Spencer Our heritage of innovation helps us lead the way with first-to-market products across food, fashion and homeware. We are the UK's leading clothing retailer and offer high-quality food, with a focus on freshness, convenience and speciality.
McDonalds are a locally owned & operated Franchise of 7 McDonald’s Restaurants within the Crawley & Horsham area. We employ 400 wonderful local people who are fully committed to their customers & communities.
MCR Print provide quotes for short-run digital printing or longer run litho printing using the most up-to-date environmentally friendly printing methods and materials.
Mid Sussex Times known as The Middy, serves the people of Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and surrounding parishes, with a strong community focus, holding its politicians, police, and leaders to account.
NVision Coaching a Sussex based Executive Coaching Organisation run by Dorothy Larios who is one of the most influential Executive Coaches in the UK Coaching Profession. Dorothy works with a team of carefully selected Associated Coaches who have rich experience in all business sectors and pioneer new leadership skills.
See That Video Production offers video agency services, digital video production and editing from Brighton to London and beyond. Our core production team includes experienced cameramen and editors that have worked with the BBC and earned distinctions at The New York Film Academy. Although young and creative, we boast over 50 years of high quality production experience.
Sussex Enterprise provide practical business support, HR, training, information and advice to help your business develop, grow and profit. We are the Voice of Business for Sussex.
Sussex Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organisation in the country.We support and represent businesses at a local level.
Start Up Loans A government funded scheme to provide loans and mentors for entrepreneurs.
S4B Secure Document Shredding is a locally based company in Sussex. Providing a trusted, accountable and reliable service S4B ensures that every business disposes its confidential documentation in an environmentally friendly manner.
Thales UK a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing Aerospace and Space, Defence and Security markets worldwide.
University of Brighton is committed to supporting enterprise in all its forms. We run our own entrepreneurship network to nurture young talent and support all students, graduates and staff who are interested in developing their enterprise skills and business ideas, and an enterprise awards scheme for seed funding start-up businesses.
Young Enterprise a not for profit organisation; building a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to succeed through enterprise.