Happy thoughts of the old days

Surrey Herald/News - - LETTERS -

FOL­LOW­ING John Whit­bread’s let­ter ( Her­ald & News, Novem­ber 20), I am also very sorry the Her­ald is clos­ing. I was em­ployed for more than 40 years on the pro­duc­tion staff, start­ing as an ap­pren­tice com­pos­i­tor in the Wey­bridge of­fice in 1945. After two years’ na­tional ser­vice in the RAF, I re­turned to con­tinue my em­ploy­ment. I have seen changes in the print­ing meth­ods from the tra­di­tional ink and type faces to com­put­erised pro­duc­tion. I made many friends over the years with the AS read­ers will know, the Spelthorne Business Plan Com­pe­ti­tion opened for en­tries in Septem­ber. In the first round, older work­mates who worked for the firm be­fore the 1939-1945 world war, to the younger mem­bers who joined in the 1970s and 1980s. I have many amus­ing and happy mem­o­ries of work­ing at the old firm. JOHN WEL­LAND Brighton Road

Ad­dle­stone en­trants were asked to think of a business idea and com­plete a short con­cept plan. There were lots of great ideas sub­mit­ted and th­ese were whit­tled down, with semi­fi­nal­ists se­lected to sub­mit fully de­vel­oped business plans. The strong­est en­trants have now been cho­sen to com­pete in the fi­nal at BP Sun­bury this evening. The fi­nal­ists in­clude:

Richard War­ren, from Sun­bury-on-Thames, for his business idea, He­roes 4 Hire, which seeks to bring the ex­pe­ri­ence of meet­ing su­per­heroes to life;

Rox­anne Prophet, of Staines-upon-Thames, for her plan to launch PropScene.com, a com­pre­hen­sive on­line, book­able re­source for props, cos­tumes and lo­ca­tions mar­keted to the film and me­dia in­dus­try;

Dean Pi­doux of Ash­ford for his business idea, Leather­groom, which of­fers a range of nat­u­ral clean­ing prod­ucts for house­hold and in­dus­trial use;

Charles Lamb from Ash­ford for his idea, Fut­sal First, a plan to grow the sport of fut­sal – a vari­ant of as­so­ci­a­tion foot­ball, which is played on a smaller field and with a smaller ball; and

Den­nis Jack­son from Shep­per­ton, for Travel In­spi­ra­tions, which aims to sell be­spoke, lux­ury tai­lor­made hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ences to in­di­vid­u­als and groups

The fi­nal will follow a Dragons’ Den- style for­mat, whereby the fi­nal­ists will each give a five-minute business pitch and an­swer ques­tions from judges on their idea and fi­nan­cial plans. First placed in the com­pe­ti­tion will re­ceive £3,500 de­posited in a business bank ac­count, along with men­tor­ing and support from Sabine Lohmann, a mar­ket re­search and business con­sul­tant and award­win­ning en­tre­pre­neur, who will help them bring their business ideas to life. The run­ner-up will re­ceive £1,000 and third placed will re­ceive £200. The fi­nal prom­ises to be a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity event and a great cel­e­bra­tion of one of the bor­ough’s great strengths: its business life.

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