Entrepreneurs awarded £5,000 each to help them start up new ventures

TWO entrepreneurs have been awarded money to help set up their new businesses.

Gemmima Stevenson, from Mimmas Boday Art and Body Sculpting, and Charlotte Elfdahl, of Rockville Lampshades and Lighting, came top in this year’s Tomorrow’s Business Builders competition.

They were each presented with £5,000 at an awards ceremony on Monday (July 1) at The Old Rectory in the Old Town.

Gemmima said: “This competition has enabled me to take leaps and bounds in my business from the planning stages to being able to finance it. I have had help to consider the final details that are normally overlooked thanks to Let’s Do Business.

“Being a winner of this competition I now have the funding to put my dream business into action and will be pleased to open a shop located in the Old Town very soon thanks to General Dynamics and Women of the Year Foundation.”

Charlotte said: “Winning the 2013 Business Award means I can make the dream of running my own design company come true.”

Hastings MP Amber Rudd was at Monday’s presentation.

She said: “We had some really excellent candidates this year with some interesting business ideas.

“The two winners both have very unique businesses and I look forward to seeing them develop. I am very grateful to the sponsors, General Dynamics and Women of the Year Foundation through Tomorrow’s People who made this possible. Also to Let’s Do Business which does such a fantastic job working with the applicants and helping the finalists over the finish line.”

Baroness Debbie Stedman-Scott, CEO of Tomorrow’s People, said: “There are so many fantastic people making Hastings such a brilliant town and it is great to give two of them a good start with their business ideas.”

Tom Sanderson, vice-president of General Dynamics, said: “As someone who worked for General Dynamics and has lived and in Hastings for 30 years, I am very keen that we also support other businesses in the town and help support new start-ups where we can.”