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Graduate entrepreneurs scoop £15k business award

05.02.2007

Two graduates, Nin Castle and Phoebe Emerson, who have developed Goodone Clothing, a start-up business selling ethically produced fashion, have just scooped the £15,000 Trefor Campbell Award for Enterprise. This is part of the RSA Flying Start Programme, a joint initiative by the RSA (originally the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) with the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE).

Nin Castle and Phoebe Emerson of Goodone Clothing

Nin and Phoebe design and produce recycled clothing by using unique combinations of handpicked recycled fabrics, and are able to mass produce one off garments. Goodone designs are sold in five stockists in London, Manchester and Brighton, as well as through their online shop at www.goodone.co.uk, which has over 70 unique items and is constantly updated. It is Nin and Phoebe's goal to build a reputable brand which is internationally recognised for the design and production of recycled clothing and to instigate a positive change within the fashion industry.

The winner was announced following the six finalists' short business presentations and interviews with the judging panel which included Dr Trefor Campbell CBE, RSA Fellow; Andrew Summers CMG, Deputy President of the RSA; and Dr Lorna Collins, Director of the NCGE's Flying Start Programme.

Finalists were required to outline the progress they have made in building their businesses over the last six months, and detail how they would use the money to inject further momentum into their operations. Finalists initially showcased their business concepts at the RSA Flying Start programme, a partnership of the RSA and NCGE, held at Manchester Metropolitan University last July, the programme will run again this year in July and a one day Flying Start Rally will also take place at the Brighton Dome on 7th March for details on both events please go to www.ncge.com.

The Award which is open to RSA Flying Start graduate business start-ups from the creative industries was initiated by Dr Trefor Campbell, managing director of Moy Park Foods and an RSA Fellow. It is designed to identify and support an enterprise with outstanding entrepreneurial spirit and provide a financial boost to launch or take their business to the next level.

Dr Trefor Campbell, commented on the judges' decision, said: "I was impressed with the quality of entries for the award and the determination of all the candidates to make their businesses a success. Nin and Phoebe showed particular entrepreneurial spirit and their idea had an impact on all of the judges. We felt their drive and the strength of their idea was outstanding."

Nin Castle, commenting on receiving the award, said: "We are delighted to have won the Trefor Campbell Award. The experience of pitching our business to the judges and hearing their feedback is invaluable and will make a real contribution to further developing our idea. To be able to have £15,000 to invest in Goodone Clothing is incredible. We are considering spending the money on equipment, staff and marketing to drive our business forward."

 

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