18-year-old sell­ing creepy crawlies wins bur­sary

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

THE win­ner of this year’s Bea­con Bur­sary en­trepreneur­ship com­pe­ti­tion goes to an 18-year-old who has set up an on­line en­to­mol­ogy busi­ness, sell­ing bugs and other creepy crawlies.

Cameron Rear­don will re­ceive a cash prize of £5,000, free of­fice space for a year within the Bea­con Cen­tre for Enterprise in Dafen, Llanelli, and busi­ness men­tor­ing sup­port to help de­velop his busi­ness Bug Box UK.

The 18-year-old from Felin­foel has just com­pleted his BTEC Level 3 in pub­lic ser­vices at Co­leg Sir Gâr and will be study­ing busi­ness man­age­ment with mar­ket­ing at Swansea Univer­sity from Septem­ber.

“With the money I’m go­ing to buy a shed,” said Cameron. “At the mo­ment my stock is in my bed­room, which my mum doesn’t like! Now I’m go­ing to be able to in­crease my stock and the money will also help me go to dif­fer­ent shows to sell.”

Cameron was a fi­nal­ist in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion, and said the men­tor­ing which comes with the prize would also be very ben­e­fi­cial. He added: “Last year I re­ceived some men­tor­ing and that was amaz­ing. It’s re­ally opened my eyes.”

Cameron was one of five en­trepreneur­s to reach this year’s fi­nal and get the chance to pitch their pro­pos­als to a panel of judges in­clud­ing Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil leader Em­lyn Dole; Chris Jenk­ins from Ger­ald Thomas Ac­coun­tancy; Ang­harad Hard­ing from Yr Egin and the win­ner of last year’s com­pe­ti­tion, Amanda Thomas from Bis­cuit Bark­ery.

All five en­trepreneur­s who made it through to present their busi­ness ideas at this year’s fi­nal in the Bea­con Cen­tre, were stu­dents from Co­leg Sir Gâr.

Sec­ond place and re­ceiv­ing £2,000 and six months free of­fice space at the Bea­con, went to Dante Diana and his al­co­hol bev­er­age busi­ness Od­dball Moon­shine.

Third place and re­ceiv­ing £1,000 and six months free of­fice space at the Bea­con for one year, went to Imo­gen Mills and her swatch fab­ric de­sign busi­ness Cloth.

The other fi­nal­ists were Si­mon Thomas with his busi­ness Par­ticip8 and Char­lotte Voaden of Char­lotte Voaden De­sign.

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

Mr Dole, who is re­spon­si­ble for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, said: “This year’s stan­dard of en­tries was high once again, but as judges we were unan­i­mous that Bug Box UK is a great busi­ness idea and a wor­thy win­ner. I would like to wish Cameron the best of luck in the fu­ture with his busi­ness.”

Amanda Daniels, Co­leg Sir Gâr as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal said: “This year I am de­lighted that all three of the suc­cess­ful bur­sary win­ners are Co­leg Sir Gâr learn­ers, their pas­sion and drive to suc­ceed is in­fec­tious and I am con­fi­dent that their busi­nesses will con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to the econ­omy.”

Cameron Rear­don with Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil leader Em­lyn Dole.

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