Young entrepreneurial duo aiming to expand

Young entrepreneurial duo aiming to expand

TWO young entrepreneurs are really making a name for themselves in the events industry. 

EJ Events, owned by former Mirfield Free Grammar student Joseph Taylor, 19, and St John Fisher old boy Elliott Rayne, also 19, has enjoyed a successful first year in business. 

The company, which caters for private events such as birthdays, weddings and corporate functions, was launched in October last year and held its first event in January, which sold out.

Originally launched in Mirfield, the young duo have recently relocated to a new office in Leeds city centre.

One highlight of the year for the young entrepreneurs was winning the Next Generation Awards 2019 in the 19-22 age category. 

The company was awarded a £2,500 grant and a year of mentoring from TSB’s Business Banking Executive Team. 

“It gives us award-winning status,” said Joe. “Being 19 and having the support from business directors doesn’t only raise our profile, it gives us a clear direction.”

EJ Events also signed its first major contract with Halifax bar The Nut House in July. 

According to Joe, the project is a chance for the business to showcase their talents. 

“We’re taking over the business, completely re-modelling it, re-branding it and then looking to organise events there in around six months’ time,” he said. “It’s a gradual regeneration of the whole business.” 

The duo employs a number of marketing staff, videographers and photographers on a part-time basis, something which Joe believes makes the business more attractive. 

“We’ve built a team of young entrepreneurs, who each have their own specialist fields,” he said. 

“We can now offer more of a full package and it makes us a lot stronger.”

But the young businessman admits more help is needed. 

“We want to be in a position where we can employ someone full time within the next six months, we need another pair of hands,” he said. 

For more information visit or connect with EJ Events on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

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