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Finalists shine at the HW Young Entrepreneur awards

The
Haines Watts Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 competition was won by Tara
Burn, owner of Combined Counties Fire and Surrey First Aid Training Limited.

Tara
(28), from Frimley, set up Combined Counties Fire and Surrey First Aid Training
Limited in 2007 to deliver training nationwide in all aspects of the Health and
Safety at Work Act.

Gary
Heywood, a partner at HW and Chairman of the judges, said, “It was extremely
close because each candidate was of such a high calibre but Tara took the title
for showing true entrepreneurial flair in spotting opportunities and turning
them into viable businesses - and for her commitment and energy.”

Tara
said, “It was fantastic to win. The day was an amazing experience, meeting
successful entrepreneurs and other young aspiring business people and
exchanging ideas. Winning topped it all off and I was so pleased that my plans
for business growth and development were well received and that the judges
shared my passion for the concepts I am working on for the future.”

The
other finalists were: Enzo Bertolone – Glitterati Hair Limited, Duncan Carter –
Compass Estate Agents, Peter Higgs – PGH Pest Control & Prevention and Paul
Feakins – Antropy Consulting Limited. They all gave a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style
presentation on their business and were asked searching questions by the
judges.

The
other judges from HW were partners David Smy, Peter Wright and
Jane Wills. Guest judge was Nigel Botterill, owner of ‘The Best Of’ online
network and other franchise and internet-based businesses. As a serial
entrepreneur, Nigel was able to share his experiences with the finalists after
the judging and they all received a free one-year membership of his
‘Entrepreneurs’ Circle’.

The
finalists are also offered a year of free mentoring with HW Partners, who are
looking forward to supporting them with advice and ideas as they progress their
businesses. The runners-up received cheques for £250 and Tara collected her
additional winning £500 prize money.

As
well as hearing from Nigel Botterill, HW was delighted to welcome back
inspirational guest speaker, Stafford Carrington. Despite being only 32 years
old Stafford is a self-made millionaire and has grown Impact Business Group
through recognising good opportunities, hard graft, learning from mistakes and
keeping it fun.

Gary
Heywood said of the event, “The Haines Watts Young Entrepreneur of the Year
competition 2011 has been run against a difficult economic backdrop and yet we
have heard from some amazing young entrepreneurs, who are succeeding in
business despite this. HW applauds their determination, talent and hard work
and wishes them all many congratulations. Their talent really shines through
and they are an inspiration for all of us.”

The
finalists:

  • Winner: Tara
    Burn - Combined Counties Fire and Surrey First Aid. This national training
    company delivers training in safer handling, first aid, food safety,
    specialist courses in drug adminstration and fire safety courses. As well
    as training in the workplace they offer their head office in Guildford for
    small businesses and individuals. www.surreyfirstaid.com

    www.combinedcountiestraining.com

  • Peter Higgs, 23. Peter has been running PGH Pest
    Control & Prevention since 2009 and operates in the south of the UK.
    The company undertakes both contract and single call outs for commercial
    and domestic customers and covers all pests, from insects to rodents and
    birds. They are supported by the Princes Trust and use non toxic
    solutions. www.pghpestcontrol.co.uk
  • Duncan Carter, 24. Duncan set up Compass Estate Agents
    in 2010 as an independently owned estate agency, focusing on the whole of
    Basingstoke. The agency covers residential sales, property management and
    letting and inhouse mortgage and insurance services. www.compass‐property.co.uk
  • Enzo Bertolone, 30. Enzo opened Glitterati Hair Limited
    in 2007 and Glitterati Boutique hair salon, located in the town, is very popular
    with the local clientele and has a strong celebrity following. The salon
    and stylists follow a philosophy of “Beautiful Hair: Beautiful People”
    instilling confidence, pride and individual style into all their clients. www.glitteratihair.com
  • Paul Feakins, 29. Paul founded Antropy Consulting
    Limited in 2008 to provide web development and web applications to SMEs
    and large corporates in London and the home counties. www.antropy.co.uk

Want to know more? Call us on 01252 510333 or email farnborough@hwca.com