Young Entrepreneur Award 2020 finalists
The Business Action ‘Young Entrepreneur Award’ recognises successful North Devon business owners and directors aged 30 or under.
The finalists in the Business Action Young Entrepreneur Award 2020 are listed below in alphabetical order.
Watch out for the announcements of all category winners.
Thomas Bedford – UK Hardwoods Ltd
After leaving school, Tom chose not to go to university but to purchase his parents’ business from them. The business imported European hardwood boards for flooring. Tom’s first decision as owner was to stop importing timber and to buy only from the UK and only from certified managed woodland, mainly in Devon and Cornwall.
This was a big step, requiring the sawmill to saw all of its own trees. Now its timber is sawn, seasoned, kiln dried and prepared in its yard in Devon.
The decision has paid off and UK Hardwoods now specialises in producing exceptional solid wide board flooring with a width of up to 400mm, over double that of most commercial sawmills.
The business has also become renowned for the traceability of its flooring and other products.
• Visit ukhardwoods.co.uk
Liam Drew – Hole in 1 Lynmouth
Liam’s experience started at the age of 15 or 16, working three jobs to save as much money as he could for when the right opportunity arose.
One of these jobs was at a local ice cream shop. From then he knew that he wanted to have his own business in Lynmouth, selling ice cream.
He was studying law at the time and continued with this until 2019. That’s when the council put the putting green up for tender. Combining his love for ice cream and mini golf, he researched the business and placed a bid which was accepted in November 2018.
• Visit Facebook @holein1lynmouth
Will Evans – White Edge Media
Will completed a three-year Film Production degree at the University of Gloucestershire, graduating in June 2019 with first-class honours. During this time he won an award from the Royal Television Society and was involved in making some award-winning short films.
Will created White Edge Media to combine his love for the outdoors and passion in filmmaking. White Edge Media uses software such as AVID Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Creative Suite to ensure films are created professionally and meet industry standards.
• Visit whiteedgemedia.co.uk
Tom Musson – TM Electrical Services SW
Tom started up his own electrical business after completing his apprenticeship. He bought his own tools and invested in himself right the way through his apprenticeship to ensure that upon completion he could venture out on his own and create a business that he could grow and be proud of.
He now has a thriving VAT-registered business and would like to hire his own apprentice.
• Visit Facebook @TM.ELECTRICAL.SERVICES.SW