Posted on 10:39pm Tuesday 23rd Oct 2012
Listed under: News
On Wednesday night, at the Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge, Shelley Wilkinson was crowned the winner of Dream Idea’s Britain’s Got 1 Million Ideas competition.
Shelley Wilkinson has already won numerous accolades for her Hampshire Chutney Company, including First Place awarded for Best Local Producer at the Royal County of Berkshire Show, and is currently a finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Inspire Business awards. She now stands to benefit considerably from our comprehensive team of mentors.
The Dream Idea team pride themselves on championing entrepreneurs, and a couple of months ago Dream Idea launched its most exciting competition yet; a mentoring competition where entrepreneurs were given the chance to win a comprehensive mentoring package, and give their businesses the best possible start. In these tough economic times Dream Idea is part of a crucial movement which is encouraging businesses to blossom.
On why they felt so strongly about starting this competition, Dream Idea founders John Rebholz and Stephen Smith had this to say, “We created #BGI1 to recognise some of the brilliant ideas and entrepreneurs that are out there. It also demonstrates how Dream Idea can help you and your ideas. We wanted to help them succeed by creating a package that gives them support and guidance, crucial for any start-up venture!”
The team of mentors put together were specially chosen for their variety of skills, and level of expertise in their respective fields. Agnes Cserhati, a mentor and personal development coach brings more than 21 years experience of working with Businesses and Entrepreneurs to the table. Agnes states: “I am passionate about entrepreneurship and growing and developing people and businesses. Therefore I was delighted to sponsor the competition with £1,100 worth of mentoring package. I very much look for to working with the winner and being part of taking Hampshire Chutney Co to the next level.”
Legal advice on setting up a new business comes from Managing Director of Kiteleys, Mark Kiteley, whilst Neil Armstrong is on-hand to answer any marketing or creative queries. Managing Director of Kiteleys solicitors: “My firm have been delighted to play a part in the success of BGI1. The competition presents an opportunity to work with the innovators, movers and shakers of the future at the start of their journey. Although proud to be a part of the “mentor” scheme, I do hope to find the mentors have as much to learn from the applicants as they from us”.
Dream Idea founder Stephen Smith has been enlisted to advise on business strategy, and finally accountant Peter Stamps completes the team with his financial know-how. "Being a new small business, I know how important the right help and support is to make a dream idea a reality. That is why I wanted to be part of the competition to pass on what I had learnt to others. Congratulations to Hampshire Chutney, I am looking forward to meeting you."
Shelley Wilkinson, founder of the Hampshire Chutney Company, has certainly got a good team behind her now.
“If anyone reading this has an idea they would really like pushing forward then Dream Idea UK can really help you do this. Their whole concept is a breath of fresh air and is exactly what is needed for people like you and me who could benefit from having experts guide you step by step passionately, enthusiastically and honestly.”
About Dream Idea:
Dream Idea was set up by John Rebholz and Steve Smith who understand the importance of networking in business and set out to provide a less time-consuming and daunting platform for networking, meeting investors and collaborating.
More information about Dream Idea and the Mentoring competition can be found at DreamIdea.co.uk
Posted on 9:12pm Sunday 14th Oct 2012
Listed under: Business Mum of the Month
Dandy Development baby and toddler development classes combine baby sign, music and sensory fun. The classes are unique as they also teach the parents speech techniques that they can use at home to support communication development.
I became inspired to create a new type of classes when our son had delayed speech and I couldn’t find anyone or any class that would help. The health visitors, doctors and speech therapists said that he would catch up but I didn’t want him to ‘catch up’ I wanted him to thrive. I pushed and pushed until eventually I was granted a place on a parent based therapy course. I learnt a great deal about communication development and some fantastic techniques to boost my son’s development. I was amazed that this information wasn’t readily available for every parent and every child and that’s when I came up with the idea of Dandy Development.
Dandy has only been up and running since September 2011 so I am thrilled to have won two prestigious awards already. Dandy won the ‘Best Local Pre-school Class’ 2012 in the What’s On 4 Juniors awards meaning that Dandy is the best independent class in the country. Dandy also won netmums.com’s title of Warwickshire and Coventry’s Favourite Pre-school Class.
Dandy Development is expanding quickly. In the first term I taught five classes and I expanded to eight in the second term. Many parents are now bringing their little ones along for a fourth consecutive term which is a huge compliment and I now teach baby siblings of Stage 2 toddlers too! I recently organised and held a first birthday celebration raising £834.36 for Warwick Special Care Baby Unit. In January I am starting classes in Kenilworth and will be teaching nine classes a week.
I had no business background at all and dealing with the accounts still scares me. I developed the concept and logo, wrote the plans, the advertising literature, the website, bought the resources and even wrote unique songs and had them recorded myself. The business fits around my family perfectly: I can take the children to pre-school and school and pick them up which is really important to me. Starting a business from scratch has been hard work but I am very proud that what I have achieved is all mine. There is huge potential to extend Dandy by bringing someone else on board or developing a franchise package.
I am thrilled to win the Networking Mummies Business Mum of the Month for October. I have met some really wonderful business mums this year and I have developed an addiction for social media, where I am an avid networking mummy! The one piece of advice I would give to other mums thinking of starting a business that they feel passionate about, don’t let hypothetical excuses get in your way: just get out there and do it!
Dandy Development – Talk, Share and Play: We’ll Grow in Every Way!
Written by Nikki Sayers. Dandy Development classes are held in Barford, Kenilworth, Long Lawford and Leamington. The Dandy website http://www.dandydevelopment.co.uk/ has more information. You can also follow Dandy on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DandyDevelopment
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