Young Businessperson [Herald, The (Plymouth, England)]
(Herald, The (Plymouth, England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) FOUR of Plymouth's brightest entrepreneurs are competing for the title of Young Business Person of the Year.
They include a bike-riding student, a digital marketing expert, a chicken breeder and a recruitment consultant.
Jonathan Catney, runs the indoor and outdoor Fortitude Bike Park in 240 acres of South Hams countryside.
The fifth-year Plymouth University student got the idea when he attended an open evening at a farm looking to expand into cycling.
"I found a skatepark already built - ideal," he said. "After discussions with the landowner I became cycle development manager and 12 months later opened Fortitude Bike Park."
He plans to expand with a second indoor park, plus more outdoor jumps.
Miles Noble, aged 23, launched Royal William Yardbased Altitude after graduating in 2009. The creative/marketing agency swiftly built a portfolio of clients including Coca-Cola, Universal Music, Holiday Inn, Hilton plus smaller enterprises. The company partnered Actuate Marketing and 51 Studio to build an "exciting dynamic and imaginative consortium" to deliver Taylor, came up with the idea for Taylor Made Poultry when, aged 14, couldn't find an afterschool job. He used birthday money and a small loan from his grandparents to set up a business selling chickens as pets for urban households.
"In my first year I sold just under 400 birds and turnover was over Pounds 6,000," he said.
The business expanded to provide hen houses, food, hen boarding and advice on how to raise the birds and second year turnover was Pounds 17,500 with profits of Pounds 8,100.
Joanna Thomson, aged 26, runs Salt Quay House-based Stem Appointments recruitment consultancy.
It was formed only last August but Ms Thomson had been working as a recruitment consultant in Bristol since 2008. "I developed a vision of how a recruitment consultancy should be run and," she said. "I have built a base of core clients from scratch."
Ms Thomson has pledged to plant a tree for every candidate placed and voluntarily runs job workshops with students at City College Plymouth.
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