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Enterprise competition brings out the best of business

Students from Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion have won a competition for their entrepreneurial skills with one student picking up the top prize for the tourism category.

The Regional Enterprise Competition, organised by Big Ideas Wales, Business in Focus and funded by the European Regional Development Fund, was held at yr Egin in Carmarthen.

Challenging students from Coleg Sir Gâr, Coleg Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire College, the competition focused on five key sectors, which were tourism, food, retail, care and creative industries.

The winning students beat nearly 30 applicants to the top prize, taking home £150 each and to reach the final, participants had to submit a written or video pitch and they were all offered business planning workshops.

Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion students were named winners in four categories, picking up awards for retail with a website called Clover Yard which aims to champion independent clothing brands.

The Opal Project won the care award for their personalised hemp bracelets infused with lavender and crystals to help calm those with mental health issues.

Coleg Sir Gâr business student Davey Hampton won the top prize for his online service, Mobility, which provides accessibility information of businesses in Carmarthenshire.

Coleg Ceredigion student Amy Chapman was named winner of the creative industries category for her business idea Resinate which recycles the resin waste product formed when manufacturing surfboards into vibrant art and jewellery.

Pembrokeshire College won the food award for their café which specialises in serving Malaysian bubble tea and bringing flavours from around the world to Pembrokeshire.

This competition final included a talk from broadcaster Marc Griffiths, owner of StiwdioBox and a Big Ideas role model.

Becky Pask, entrepreneurship and employability coordinator at Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion said: “This competition aims to nurture our entrepreneurs and offer them not only financial support but continued business support to help them flourish.

“I was thrilled with all the business ideas we received, their passion and drive is infectious and I would like to thank all our partners and sponsors for their continued support as working in collaboration is central to transforming and progressing economic development regionally and across Wales.”

Tracey Thompson from Carmarthenshire County Council who sponsored the care category said: “The winning bracelets have been researched with delicate care, support and emotion. They are person centred and specific to the needs of the individual; a real gem of care and opportunity.”

Thanks to sponsors: StiwdioBox in the Creative Industries category, Quay West Caravan Sales for the Tourism category, Carmarthenshire County Council for the Care category, St Catherine’s Walk in the Retail category and finally the Food category was sponsored by Food Centre Wales.