On Tuesday 10th June Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs in partnership with The Enterprise Foundation hosted a whole day of business support activities in Maidstone under the working title ‘A Blast!’.
The sequence of events kicked off with the Maidstone Business Breakfast, followed by two business start-up workshops all topped off with a large business networking evening to celebrate business in Kent.
The Breakfast was kicked off by guest speaker Paul Nixon, Wilkins Kennedy who told the audience:
“The most enjoyable clients I work with have to be business start-ups. I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing a seemingly small idea transformed in to something much bigger. Being a part of that process on the way is highly rewarding.”
More than 30 people who were looking at creating their own employment through starting a business attended workshops. A range of people attended from the unemployed right through to students from Mid Kent College who were considering their career options after their studies.
To conclude the day young entrepreneurs, business start ups, established businesses and professionals from all across Kent joined a celebration of business at A Blast! The room was a real hive of activity with 10 young entrepreneurs exhibiting and three of them being interviewed on stage. Gemma Blacker – This Art of Mine kindly took charge of the stage to interview Amy McManus (below) and Lucy Hall of Kent Social Media.
Young entrepreneur, Amy McManus of AM Marketing expressed her gratitude on Facebook saying:
“What a great evening with some fantastic Kent businesses exhibiting! A fabulous event with the gang from Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs. Some great businesses and people showing off their products and services!”
Philip Gearing of Foster Gearing the guest speaker for the evening spoke about his journey in business and how the support from Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs back in 1990 spurred him on to never give up.
“It all started off at a small market one day where my business partner and I had sold next to nothing. But we learnt something special that day; never to be beaten. To always get back up again, never say no, try again and you will succeed”
Philip who is the man behind the WW1 memorial arch being opened by Prince Harry in Folkestone on 4thAugust this year went on to say:
“Don’t be scared. I don’t think anyone is ever completely ready, so the moment to do it is now. If you don’t ask you don’t get. I remember calling up my first potential large client with a proposal to rebrand their business and what did they say – YES”
None of these events would have been possible without the funding and support from Community First, Golding Homes, Wilkins Kennedy, Let’s Do Business Group, Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council.
Check out the young entrepreneurs that exhibited:
- Joshadoodle – Josh Woodcock – Magician and Entertainer
- Corralex Media – Bogdan Alexe – Video Production
- HJ Jewellery – Hannah Jackson – Jewellery and Accessories
- Abby’s Sweet Treats – Abby Philips – Cakes for all occasions
- Kudz Footwear – Kudzi Synos – Footwear designer
- Giftshuffle – Oliver Neely – Online gift finder
- This Art of Mine – Gemma Blacker – Arts and Crafts Studio
- Kent Social Media – Lucy Hall – Social Media Marketing
- AM Marketing – Amy McManus – Marketing, Branding and Business Development