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Trowbridge Town Team announces the Hitachi “Inspire the Next…” Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner to a packed audience

Hitachi & Town Team Logo at BottomThe Trowbridge Town Team this week announced the Hitachi “Inspire the Next…” Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner at their Hitachi’s headquarters at Hakuba House. The award, judged by local business people within Trowbridge, recognised the outstanding passion, commitment and dedication of the young entrepreneurs that had demonstrated customer service excellence and commercial awareness in their businesses.

The award, the first of its kind run by the Trowbridge Town Team, was conceived to recognise the commitment and success of young entrepreneurs who took part in the inaugural Trowbridge Teenage Market (part of the Teenage Market Project) in October 2014; with the winner taking away a cash prize of £500.

In January this year, young fashion designer Kieran Mceleny (Diamond – Days), Hannah McBride (Miss Rosina’s Curiosity Cabinet), and Zita Hooper (Music Index); were joined by fellow finalists greeting card designer Leona Curtis (Leona Curtis Design), fashion accessory maker Maxine Aldridge (Buttons and Bows Boutique) and SuperCrafts – a market stall devised by a group of young people selling handmade crafts and bird boxes to raise funds for Larkrise Community Farm, a Trowbridge based charity, were put through their paces by a judging panel made up of representatives from the local business community.  Len Turner Head Judge was very impressed by the standard of the entrants and their enthusiasm for their businesses.

Buttons & Bows winner
Maxine Aldridge – Buttons and Bows Boutique accepts her trophy from Jon Lawes, Managing Director Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions.

It was certainly smiles all-round for the winner of the coveted award; Maxine Aldridge from Buttons and Bows Boutique; who showed the judges her passion and enthusiasm for her business but also a strong business plan for the future and a clear goal of where she wished to invest her prize money to ensure future success for her hand-made hair accessory business.

The delivery of excellent customer service at the Trowbridge Teenage Market was also celebrated; with the three winners taking away holiday vouchers and £100 cash prizes in recognition of going “above and beyond” for their customers.

The Trowbridge Town Team want to thank all of the local businesses and community groups; because without the support of Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions, Wiltshire Council, Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce, Castle Place Shopping Centre, Howard Travel, Trowbridge Town Council, Trowbridge Arts, Youth Development for Young People, St. James’ Parish Church (Trowbridge), Active Trowbridge and the Youth Development Service, this programme would not have been possible.

David Baker, Chair of the Trowbridge Town Team said “it is amazing what young people can achieve through local business help and support. The Teenage Market gave them a platform to gain experience and knowledge. We are intending to organise further Teenage Markets and hopefully will continue with the Young Entrepreneur Award, which would never have happened without the vision and support of Jon Lawes MD of Hitachi Commercial Vehicles.  To support the finalists and other young people a business development programme called WOW (World of Work) is commencing in March and will run until the end of the year.  Local businesses and entrepreneurs will be giving their advice, expertise and experiences’ throughout the programme.  I would also like to recognise the work put in by Ellie Gill our Market Manager”.

Emma Roberts; Chair of the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce and White Horse Employment’s Support Services Manager, was one of the judges and was truly inspired by those who took part. “The quality of awards entrants, showcased the talented young business owners who are right on our doorstep. Supporting small businesses within the community will see success in the future for the local economy and these young people are the leaders that will take us there. I was very honoured to be asked to judge these young people; and they certainly reminded me that as our businesses grow, we should never lose sight of the passion, enthusiasm and sheer grit to succeed that these young people have demonstrated time and time again. Well done to them all”.

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Magna Carta Business Expo event to encourage business success

Business Expo - Discover, Connect, Grow

Square Business Expo Logo on BlackThe Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce, Town Team and Town Council are is staging a special weekend-long event in Wiltshire’s County Town; dedicated to showcasing the diverse and exciting range of businesses that are active, and successful across the county.

The 2015 Business Expo will be held in conjunction with Trowbridge’s Magna Carta 800 Charter Fair between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Friday 24th July and 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday 25th July at the modern Trowbridge Civic Centre, and will provide local businesses with the opportunity to promote their companies, as well as collaborate and network.

David Baker, Chair of Trowbridge Town Team, said: “The Trowbridge Chamber has run a number of these all-day Expos in the past and have proved to be one of the most popular events in the business calendar. This year we expect a great turnout, with significant visitors expected over the Magna Carta celebration weekend; what better way to showcase local business and what they have to offer.

Emma Roberts, Chair of Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce,  added; “we are very grateful to our sponsors; apetito, Office Evolution Limited and Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions; because without their support for the local business economy of Trowbridge we wouldn’t be  welcoming such a diverse range of exhibitors showcasing their businesses – an excellent time for local business to discover, connect and grow.”

Stands are booking up quickly; however for anyone interested in exhibiting; there is an early bird discount of 15% from the stand price of £150.00 for stands booked and paid for by 31st March 2015.

For more information on the Business Expo visit www.wilts-business-expo.co.uk, or get in touch by emailing info@trowbridgechamber.co.uk.

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Help us deliver the Chamber YOU want!

“Shape the future of your Chamber” Consultation

Your-Opinion-MattersIt is two years months since we rebranded the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce. Although we have had very positive feedback; because as an Executive we believe that we are here to serve our business community and give you the kind of Chamber you want, we believe that it is time to carry out a more systematic conversation with community members as well as past, present and potential future members – both associated to us through the Wessex Chambers or local members – to find out what you want and how we should develop the Trowbridge Chamber in the future.

To help us do this, please complete the short online questionnaire which will only take a couple of minutes, and following your views we shall present the results and any proposals to the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce AGM on Wednesday 25th March; for which you will receive an invitation.

Thank you for helping us look ahead, and we look forward to hearing from you. Click and let us know your thoughts!