Young Business Person

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The Young Business Person award won by Holly Smith , who was unable to attend the ceremony, is presented to her mother, Janet Acamon, and husband, Callum  Smith, by Viv Gillespie, left, of Suffolk New College and Nikos Savvas of West Suffolk College. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Young Business Person award was open to individuals born after July 6, 1982.

The judges were looking for evidence of exceptional vision and leadership, whether the entrant is running his or her own business or is operating in a managerial position within a larger organisation.




Holly Smith – Extreme Couponing UK

Holly Smith is a wife, a mother of two and the driving force of Extreme Couponing UK.
After being diagnosed with restrictive medical conditions Holly put her time and passion for money saving to work. Now with a online following of more than 1.2million, and 7million people reached every single week, Holly will not stop until all the UK is learning how to pounds-stretch as far as they can.
The judges said: “Holly’s determination to grow and develop her business despite having a serious illness is outstanding.
“Her business has grown rapidly in the last 12 months. Holly has expanded her support staff to enable growth once again this year.
“Holly has an in-depth understanding of her core business needs and uses market intelligence effectively in order to target continued expansion.
“She is innovative in her approach and uses every opportunity to consolidate her success in order to continue to support others.”

The runners-up

Helen Rudd – Prominent PR

Helen Rudd is the managing director of Prominent PR, a professional, proactive, productive agency with a reputation for getting results.
The company offers traditional PR, copywriting, social media strategy and SEO with graphic design, branding and videography services.
Helen’s award-winning team consistently helps ambitious companies build their reputation, reach new audiences and stand out from the crowd. In short it helps them be more Prominent.
The judges said: “Helen is a dynamic leader and this has allowed her business to be shaped in a specific way which allows flexibility and growth.
“Helen is thorough and calculates risk extremely well especially when it comes to staffing and tendering for new business – if it is not right for the organisation Helen has a strong will to say ‘no’.
“With high standards of customer service at the forefront of everything Helen does, her business has gone from strength to strength. The positive reputation that her business has secured has been built upon her ethos of creating a team of people that companies can relate to, connect to and value.”

Megan Quinton – The Cuddle Company

The Cuddle Company creates fully customisable babywears and accessories.
Since is was established in 2013 its has seen strong growth and now employs eight people at its production facility, using its proprietary “Cuddle” fabric which is available to personalise at all stages of the process with unique embroidery and prints.
The compan is proud to create lasting, comforting and individual keepsakes for families who appreciate handmade items with a unique British touch.
The judges said: “Megan is a fantastic young business owner. Her company has seen fantastic growth within the last five years, meaning that the company has out grown its business space and had to move three times.
“Megan is creative and always looking to diversify her product range and has invested in a range of specialist equipment that supports this expansion and creates new opportunities.
“She has developed new product lines through self-taught skills that consolidate the success of her business. She has a trusted team of employees which has again grown to support the growth of the company.”