Be the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Shell LiveWIRE AwardsUK residents aged 16-30 (on the 6th September 2010) can still enter the Shell LiveWIRE Awards for Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010.

The awards, looking for the most entrepreneurial young business person in the UK, close on 6th September 2010 so you need to get your entry in quick. You must have been trading for between 3 and 18 months by the deadline.

The winner will receive a cash injection of £10,000 into their business but will also have the opportunity to raise their profile with vital publicity.

Last year’s winner, Robert Matthams of, received coverage from the Financial Times and The Independent plus BBC Radio 5 Live and Working Lunch. His innovative venture, dubbed the “eBay but for moving goods” has so far saved 10 million miles of unnecessary travel in the transport industry.

Other previous winners have included:

  • Jamie Murray-Wells of Glasses Direct, the largest online retailer of prescription glasses in the world. Glasses Direct now employs 70 staff and has a turnover of £40million.
  • Michael Welch of – the UK’s largest online tyre retailer.
  • Jennifer Irvine whose company The Pure Package provides a gourmet food home delivery service which has "revolutionised dieting and healthy eating". She now has 20 staff and a turnover of over £1m

This year, eight regional winners will be sent to the Shell LiveWIRE LIVE! award final in London. Presenting to the UK final judging panel, finalists will have to impress, among others:

  • Dragons’ Den dragon Duncan Bannatyne OBE
  • Emma Jones, fonder of Enterprise Nation
  • Former winner of The Apprentice, Tim Campbell, now of the Bright Ideas Trust
  • Simon Dolan the Twitter Investor and founder of SJD Accountancy
  • The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship’s Professor Sara Carter
  • Josie Emberton, head on UnLtd

Could you be the Shell LiveWIRE 2010 winner, or do you know somebody that you think deserves to win?

Visit the Shell LiveWIRE UK team at or email

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