SUCCESS FOR STUDENT’S SKATEBOARD BUSINESS
Unique business using environmentally-friendly bamboo praised by Dragon Peter Jones
AN Amersham student is ‘over the moon’ after winning a national award.
For the second time in three years an Amersham and Wycombe College Peter Jones Enterprise Academy student has won the title of National Entrepreneur of the Year.
Jamie Gamble, 18, from Jordans, who developed Panda Skateboards, a business for manufacturing environmentally friendly skateboards, was presented with the award and a £5,000 cheque to help develop his business by Peter Jones CBE.
Jamie won the award for his creative business idea ahead of five other student entrepreneur finalists from across the UK.
Each student pitched to Peter Jones and a panel of experienced business leaders in a Dragons’ Denstyle contest.
Panda Skateboards was devised after Jamie spotted a gap in the market to manufacture skateboards made out of bamboo, a stronger, lighter and more environmentally friendly material than maple wood, which is traditionally used, but is suffering from deforestation worldwide.
Panda Skateboards also has a social purpose at heart and will utilise profits to improve the wellbeing of young people.
Jamie said: “I’m so incredibly pleased to have won National Entrepreneur of the Year.
“Since joining the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy I’ve achieved more than I ever thought was possible. The academy has been amazing for growing my business.
“Having the opportunity to pitch to Peter Jones and the other board members was fantastic. The support for my business idea and financial investment will be hugely beneficial – not least because I need to buy a laser engraving machine to help me to trade full time!”
Peter Jones said: “All of the ideas presented at the National Entrepreneur of the Year pitch were really good. One pitch in particular, however, that stood out to me and the judges was from Jamie. His business, Panda Skateboards, not only meets a real gap in the market, but has real social purpose at its core.
“It’s not the only company in the world making skateboards from bamboo, but the passion Jamie demonstrated when pitching really showed me and the judges that he has the drive, commitment and enthusiasm to create a great business.
“I wish him all the best and will look forward to watching Panda Skateboards grow.”
As National Entrepreneur of the Year, Jamie will also become the lead brand ambassador for the academy and provide a student voice at national events for the duration of his title over the next year.
Success: Student Jamie Gamble