National Entrepreneur of the Year 2017
Dudley College’s Peter Jones Enterprise Academy student: Jack Brookes is celebrating a double award win after being named National Entrepreneur of the Year and also securing the top prize at the Making Business Happen Awards in in less than 48 hours! Receiving his award from Patron of the Peter Jones Foundation, HRH Duke of York KG at a star studded ceremony held at Freemasons’ Hall in London. Jack beat hundreds of other nominees to secure the title: National Entrepreneur of the Year with his business – Swiftshot Airborne Service which offers bespoke services in aerial photography, videography, surveying, inspection and security. And then just two days later the same business idea helped him secure the accolade of overall winner at the Making Business Happen Awards, held at the University of South Wales.
The presentation of National Entrepreneur of the Year was the culmination of a three-month process in which finalists had to submit detailed business and financial plans outlining their ideas, their progress to date and their plans for the future. Jack’s prize of a £5,000 of investment in his company was awarded by Peter Jones CBE, following a Dragon’s Den like pitch to a panel of business leaders including Peter.
The Making Business Happen Awards also saw Jack fight off fierce opposition from thirty nominees from across the country to secure a further cash injection of £3,000 for his business.
Fellow Dudley College student Alice Greenaway-Mintoft also made it to the final of the National Entrepreneur of the Year with her business idea BC Wonderland, which is a social enterprise set up for people who have anxiety or depression and for those affected by it. It is a network where people have someone to talk to and it can benefit the community with events such as coffee mornings and talks at schools, colleges and universities. BC Wonderlands aim is to raise greater awareness of anxiety and depression, possibly saving a life.
Places are still available at Dudley College’s Peter Jones Enterprise Academy for September 2017, anyone wanting to find out about courses should contact: Student Services on 01384 363 363.