TALK OF TOWN

Young en­trepreneurs’ en­ter­prises see them through to na­tional fi­nals

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TWO GRAD­U­ATES from a York­shire univer­sity have made it into the fi­nal of a na­tional young en­trepreneurs com­pe­ti­tion.

Univer­sity of Hud­der­s­field duo Adri­ana Tavares Green and Stephen Bond are the only can­di­dates from the re­gion to have pro­gressed to the fi­nal of TestTown.

TestTown, backed by the Carnegie UK Trust, is de­signed to boost eco­nomic re­gen­er­a­tion by chal­leng­ing young en­trepreneurs to show­case their busi­ness ideas in towns across the UK.

In the Hud­der­s­field TestTown, judges de­clared Mrs Tavares Green the win­ner, with her busi­ness de­sign­ing be­spoke rugs and top- pieces, Adri­ana Tavares Rugs.

Mr Bond was named run­nerup with his in­de­pen­dent ar­ti­san liqueurs com­pany Panda’s Kitchen.

The pair will now vie with ten other can­di­dates in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion of­fer­ing prize­money of £ 10,000 to the win­ner.

The money will go to­wards sup­port­ing the pro­gres­sion of the win­ner’s busi­ness.

Both en­trepreneurs are grad­u­ates from the univer­sity’s School of Art, De­sign and Ar­chi­tec­ture and launched their busi­nesses with ad­vice and sup­port from the univer­sity’s en­ter­prise team in the The Duke of York Young En­tre­pre­neur Cen­tre.

Philip Clegg, head of stu­dent and grad­u­ate busi­ness start- up within the en­ter­prise team, said: “No other town in the coun­try has two can­di­dates at the fi­nal and I am ex­tremely proud to learn that two of our sup­ported busi­nesses have reached the fi­nal of this ex­cit­ing com­pe­ti­tion.”

Mr Clegg added: “Both Adri­ana and Stephen have worked so hard to achieve their suc­cesses and we are look­ing for­ward to fol­low­ing their progress in Glas­gow later this month.”

Panda’s Kitchen, which pro­duces orig­i­nal liqueur in­fu­sions, is now based in Hud­der­s­field’s Byram Ar­cade.

No other town in the coun­try has two can­di­dates at the fi­nal. Philip Clegg, head of stu­dent and grad­u­ate busi­ness start- up

ON THE TOWN: Adri­ana Tavares Green was the re­gion’s win­ner of TestTown and now ap­pears in the na­tional fi­nal af­ter her be­spoke rugs ven­ture found favour with the judges.

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