TWO Mirfield teens have won a national competition to find the UK’s most promising young entrepreneurs.
Nineteen-year-olds Joe Taylor and Elliott Rayne beat other finalists in the 19-22 age group to win the Next Generation Award for their EJ Events business.
The pair set up the company in October and have hosted various events, including cocktail-making classes, across Kirklees.
They won a support package worth £7,500 – which includes £2,500 in cash – and a year of mentoring from the TSB’s business banking executive team.
Elliott said: “Myself and Joe are over the moon to win this award; it makes the long days and nights worth it.
“Winning this accolade will really help the business move forward. It’s great that initiatives like this can help young entrepreneurs. Being mentored by the TSB will help give our business a true sense of direction.”
To win, Elliott and Joe had to get through an initial selection voted for by the public before going on to a Dragon’s Den-style pitch to judges in London.
Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, which runs the awards, said: “We love Joe and Elliott’s determination and enthusiasm.
“Their fresh approach and in particular their focus on social media stands them apart from their competitors.”