Fan­tas­tic group of tal­ented peo­ple

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

THE Beacon Bur­sary com­pe­ti­tion is one of my favourite pro­grammes to be in­volved with through­out the year, an op­por­tu­nity to see en­trepreneur­ship and en­thu­si­asm at its best.

And this year was no ex­cep­tion, with an­other fan­tas­tic group of tal­ented peo­ple com­pet­ing for the prize of free of­fice space, busi­ness men­tor­ing and £5,000 in cash.

Per­haps one of our most un­usual win­ners was 18-year-old Cameron Rear­don of Llanelli, who sells all man­ner of bugs and insects as part of his on­line en­to­mol­ogy busi­ness Bug Box UK.

It’s not something for everyone, but Cameron has quite clearly tapped in to a unique market and is look­ing for­ward to mov­ing his busi­ness out of his bed­room and in to the big time.

Cameron re­ally im­pressed us as judges, and one thing that did shine through was his per­sis­tence – he was a fi­nal­ist in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion, but that didn’t put him off go­ing through it all again.

Many other fan­tas­tic busi­nesses were pre­sented to us on the day, in­clud­ing al­co­hol bev­er­age busi­ness Odd­ball Moon­shine led by Dante Diana and fab­ric de­sign busi­ness Cloth led by Imo­gen Mills – our sec­ond and third placed fi­nal­ists.

The Beacon Bur­sary is an an­nual com­pe­ti­tion run by Car­marthen­shire County Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with Co­leg Sir Gâr and Univer­sity of Wales Trin­ity Saint David.

It’s something I would en­cour­age all bud­ding en­trepreneur­s to give a try.


Co­me­dian Phil Evans from Am­man­ford is known as the man who puts the “cwtsh” into com­edy

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