TALK OF TOWN
Young entrepreneurs’ enterprises see them through to national finals
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.